If there is a difference between a "talk" and a "performance", I do not know which term better describes this presentation.
It could be described as a live version of one of my videos -- in which case it is possible that the presentation will make all the same mistakes the videos have.
The talk will be illustrated with excerpts from my own work, as well as relevant examples from the oeuvres of image-makers such as Andrei Tarkovsky and Tim Burton. There will be music, but I will not now tell you whether there will be dancing.
“Watching one of Cockburn's videos is like watching a Philip K. Dick novel stripped down to its girders: a collection of peculiar personal obsessions spun out into elliptical, witty/paranoid mini-narratives.”
- Wendy Banks, NOW Magazine
“He has a rare literary talent which he serves up with visual élan, smart design sense and a playful philosophical project whose deeply lived roots is leavened throughout with humour.”
- Mike Hoolboom, Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
DANIEL COCKBURN has been making short films and videos since 1999; inhabiting a space between narrative film and experimental video art, they have been screened at festivals and galleries worldwide.
He is a subject of Mike Hoolboom's recent book Practical Dreamers: Conversations With Movie Artists (Coach House Books, 2008), a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artists Award for Film & Video (2008), and a 2009 guest of the DAAD's Berliner Künstlerprogramm.
He is currently in post-production on his first feature, You Are Here, which takes the techniques and concepts he has honed over the last
decade as a video artist with a penchant for narrative, and works them into a complex and unique cinematic structure.
His solo video program You Are In A Maze Of Twisty Little Passages, All Different is currently on international tour (presented by Pleasure Dome with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts), with an accompanying publication including essays by Sheila Heti, Don McKellar, Emily Vey Duke, Spencer Parsons, and Steve Reinke.
Cockburn's video work is distributed by Vtape.