Often compared with history's most infamous sexual deviants from Henry Miller to the Marquis de Sade, Lydia Lunch has expressed her unique ideas through several artistic mediums. Predominately a musician, writer, and spoken word performer, she brings a challenging and confrontational presence to her work in visual arts as well. Her film credits include writing, composing, directing, and acting, though she mostly appears as "Herself." In short experimental films and videos, she has worked with innovative filmmakers such as Beth B. and Nick Zedd since the late '70s. Several of Lunch's spoken word performances have been made available on video, most notably in 1988's The Gun Is Loaded and the documentary The Wild World of Lydia Lunch. In the mid '90s, she was a presenter at the Whitney Museum of Art's Underground Film Festival, personally appearing in several of the screenings. She collaborated with director Richard Kern for The Right Side of My Brain and Fingered, two short films investigating ideas of sex and violence. In the late '90s, Lunch was the creative consultant for the film Shadow Hours.