In the year 1994, two of America’s reigning horror-movie directors each released a film: “John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness”, and “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”. Interestingly, these two films were both postmodern approaches to the idea of storytelling – but with opposite conclusions. One film said that stories are a tool we can use to capture and defeat evil; the other movie said that stories are the tool that evil uses to enter our world and defeat us. This is the starting point for Daniel Cockburn’s lecture-performance “All The Mistakes I’ve Made, part 2 (how not to watch a film)”. But just because we start there doesn’t mean we will end up anywhere near that vicinity; we’re more likely to end up in a hopefully-delicious destabilization wherein not even meaning can be trusted.

Daniel Cockburn | All The Mistakes I’ve Made, part 2 (how not to watch a film)
For his 2015 EMARE residency, he researched and created this performance

About All the Mistakes I’ve Made:

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 turns this tradition around. In his anti-artist talk, entitled “All The Mistakes I’ve Made”, he explains his oeuvre in terms of the aesthetic and ideological missteps that he’s made. Building from these mistakes, he examines 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.

His performance All the Mistakes I’ve Made (part 1) took place at Impakt in 2011.


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