Presentation of the anti-artist talk “All the mistakes I’ve made” by Canadian artist Daniel Cockburn. The talk took place on December 1st at Impakt Headquarters. Cockburn has stayed with Impakt for a residency from 27 November to 4 December 2011.
The art world is bursting with events where artists present an anthology of the highlights of their career to a slightly bored audience. The Canadian filmmaker Daniel Cockburn gladly turned this tradition around. In his anti-artist talk, entitled “All The Mistakes I’ve Made”, he explained his oeuvre in terms of the aesthetic and ideological missteps that he’s made. Building from these mistakes, he examined to what extent his inability to properly judge is representative of a negative trend in contemporary art and cinema.
He supported his argument with excerpts from his own work, as well as relevant examples from the work of artists like Andrei Tarkovsky and Tim Burton.
During his residency, aside from this anti-artist talk, Cockburn hosted the workshop ‘Scriptwriting and Performance for Film/Video/Urban Screens’ from 29 November until 1 December. He also gave a performance and has made a video work for Impakt’s Urban Screen program DEUS.
Since 1999, writer, filmdirector and video-artists Daniel Cockburn has worked at the intersection between art, avant-garde cinema and narrative film. Impakt first screened his work at the 2004 festival. His first feature length film You Are Here won the Top Prize at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück this year and was screened at Impakt Festival 2011.