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memento mori

2012 | 28 minutes | HD video 

A meditation on (im)mortality, mediated by a lifetime of images. 

"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

 

JURY PRIZE, BEST CANADIAN WORK - WNDX FESTIVAL OF MOVING IMAGE 2012
FIRST PRIZE, EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY - ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL 2013
DELUXE CINEMATIC VISION AWARD - IMAGES FESTIVAL 2013
LIVE AUDIO-VISUAL PERFORMANCE - A/VISIONS SERIES, MUTEK FESTIVAL 2013

 "Canadian filmmaker, photographer and multimedia artist Dan Browne's visually stunning memento mori creates a vast sprawling memory well that uses thousands of images that celebrate and construct life itself. What begins as a rush of visual stimulation rapidly becomes something more complex, unique and personal as rhythms and themes emerge and vanish. These elements are dictated as much by the viewer's unconscious interpretation of the medium as the actual images presented and by their affect on the audience."  - Sofie Verdoodt, Art Cinema OFFoff

"A thrillingly kinetic, seductively painterly work – takes us on an unnervingly exhilarating journey." - Iain Stott, An Evening Illuminated

"A complex and engaging work."  - Mike Everleth, Underground Film Journal 

"Life-affirming."  - Vincent Pollard, Exclaim Magazine