Daniel Cockburn

2002, 10:40 minutes, colour, English


Honourable Mention: Images Festival 2002 Homebrew Award
Jury Prize: Media City 2003 Best Canadian Film/Video/Installation

"In his latest work METRONOME, Daniel Cockburn merges the aesthetics of his Toronto predecessors Mike Hoolboom and Steve Reinke in order to weave a compelling tale of domestic routinization that is equal parts hilarious and heartening."
  - James Missen, Available Light Screening Collective, Ottawa

A multimeter cinemajunkie journeys to the depths of his cranium (and beyond!) in search of the greatest lowest common denominator of them all.

Using rapid-fire voiceover and the polyrhythms of Hollywood to provide a guided tour of preset looped imaginings, Metronome sets out to prove that it’s easier than you might think to keep the same beat all day. Enlightenment through aggravation. Predetermined stream-of-consciousness at 144 bpm. Pass-the-god-damn-butter.

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Critical Writing

Toronto Video: Challenging forms, channelling change
by Marc Glassman. The State of The Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto, 2006. Toronto: Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in publication, 2006.
Daniel Cockburn: Preliminary Notes
by Mike Hoolboom. POV, Winter 2005, no. 60.
Video Past and Present:: Three Perspectives
by Andrea Carson. Poolside, 2003. Wnnipeg: Video Pool Inc., 2003.
Ten Years of Rendezvous with Madness
by Shannon Brownlee. LIFT Magazine, Nov. 2002, v. 22, no. 6.