Memento Mori (2012), 28:28 TRT
A meditation on (im)mortality, mediated by a lifetime of images, memento mori is a layered time-lapse exploration of the total photographs captured in a lifetime (over 100,000), inspired by the evanescent interactions of memory with the archives that have come to pervade all space within the contemporary era. Images are blended to combine subjects, objects, percepts, dreams, and experiences, forming an encyclopedic index of sight at the speed of light. Constantly subject to transformation and flux, these fleeting impressions echo the acoustic nature of electric environments, wherein space is transformed from a fragmentary visual field into a pulsating, vibratory, and integrated sensory experience.
“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” – Jorge Luis Borges
A meditation on (im)mortality, mediated by a lifetime of images.
DAN BROWNE is a filmmaker, photographer and multimedia artist whose works explore patterns and nature through dense and kinetic forms. His films and videos have been presented at over one hundred festivals and venues, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Diagonal Film Archive, Centre Georges Pompidou, Festival du nouveau cinéma, TIFF Cinematheque and Early Monthly Segments. His film memento mori (2012) received the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, First Prize at Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Deluxe Cinematic Award at Images Festival. Most recently, Poem (2015) was released on Graphical Recording’s Variations disc and received the Trinity Square Video Award at Images Festival. Dan’s media practices also encompass live performances in collaboration with musicians at events such as MUTEK and Vector Festival, and video installations that have received public commissions in Toronto and Vancouver. He has also collaborated with many other Canadian filmmakers, including Peter Mettler, Michael Snow, Carl Brown and R. Bruce Elder. Memento Mori has won the following awards; Best Canadian Work, WNDX Festival of Moving Image (2012), First Prize (Experimental), Athens International Film + Video Festival (2013) and Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award, Images Festival (2013). He lives and works in Toronto.