Panorama Specials Daniel Cockburn #1: You Are In A Maze Of Twisty Little Passages, All Different – Q&A

This is the report of the Q&A with Daniel Cockburn at Impakt Festival 2011. The Q&A is conducted by Arjon Dunnewind, festival director.

Daniel Cockburn plays at the intersection of avant-garde and narrative cinema. Bringing together innovative storytelling strategies with structuralist experimentation, he breaks open day-to-day reality to reveal the strange codes beneath. Self-reflexive to the point of neurosis, Cockburn is fascinated with how moving images can illuminate the structures and rhythms of our lives; he is forever looking for hidden meaning in randomness and patterns in chaos.

His films and videos are propositions for alternate dimensions: What if time ran backwards? What if everything in the world doubled in size overnight? What if banal thoughts recurred to us at quantifiable intervals? Cockburn playfully puts language under the microscope: not only the many spoken and written words that wind their way through his work, but the vocabulary of cinema itself.

The films screened in this program were:

Rocket Man,  Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2001, video, 5:00 min

Metronome, Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2002, video, 11:00 min

WEAKEND, Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2003, video, 7:00 min

The Impostor (hello goodbye), Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2003, video, 9:00 min

Nocturnal Doubling, Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2004, video, 4:00 min

Stupid Coalescing Becomers, Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2003, video, 3:00 min

The Bad Idea Reunion, Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2011, video, 5:00 min

Material, Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2011, video, 11:00 min


More information about the program and the films can be found here.