dan browne

february 2016

I've been inspired by my recent 16mm retrospective with Loop to strike new prints of all my film works, which will be available for distribution through CFMDC and Light Cone by spring. I also just finished my first new projects on 16mm in nearly five years, Gulf, and Parhelion, as well as completing new 5k transfers of two older Super 8 films, Midway (2008), and PS Kensington (2005). I took a hiatus from celluloid-based production for a number of years while I was busy with my Masters degree and the intensive production of memento mori (2012), but now after a number of years I'm happy to return to the medium to complete several unfinished works. Working in multiple mediums poses numerous challenges as an artist - each has its own aesthetic, and can feel almost like a different personality - and I've been hesitant to return to film largely due to its cost, but these projects form important links in the chain of my artistic development and I'm glad to have the chance to be filling in some of the gaps. 

I've also published a set of 16mm filmstrip images with a short essay for OtherZine's Issue #30: MaTeRiAL cinema, and will have another set of images in the next issue of Found Footage Magazine.

Keeping warm in the meantime...


Julian's Window (2016)

january 2016

Happy new year!

This month marks the start of Loop Collective's 20th Anniversary screenings in Toronto, and I will be presenting a retrospective of my 16mm films at Trinity Square Video on Thursday, January 21st. There will also be retrospectives of films by other collective members and a show of recent works at Innis Town Hall on Thursday, February 4th to accompany the launch of our new book. Hope you can join us!

I am also very happy to announce that Poem will receive its European Premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam, in a programme entitled "True Desires" on January 29th & 30th. I wish that I could attend IFFR this year - I had a fantastic experience last time, it was a terrific opportunity to see great new works and meet new people - but family and work are keeping me in Toronto for the winter. 

Alberta will also be presented at Les Inattendus Film Festival in Lyon, France, another place I wish I could revisit! Lyon is a beautiful city and home to the Lumière factory, the birthplace of cinema! 

Still image from Poem (2015).

december 2015

Excited to announce that Loop Collective will finally be launching our long-awaited monograph after many years of hard work. This will be presented at a special 20th anniversary screening at Innis Town Hall on February 4, 2016, and will also be accompanied by individual retrospectives of the films and videos of collective members (dates and venue TBA soon). Mark your calendars!

If you are interested in a copy of the book or our DVD, Selected Works by the Loop Collective, but cannot attend the events, feel free to email me and I would be happy to arrange shipping. 

november 2015

This month I finished a new video installation entitled Cathedral (2015), the first work I've completed in 4k resolution. It will be on display for the next year on a screen wall at 745 Thurlow St., Vancouver, BC, Bentall Kennedy LP, consulting by Public Art Management.

Cathedral considers the relationship of the screen to earlier forms of mediated light, such as stained glass, which both utilize "light through", as opposed to the "light falling upon" of the cinematic image. Marshall McLuhan contended that while the latter establishes a distanced point of view, positioning the viewer as the camera, the former generates participation and involvement, as the viewer becomes the screen itself -- "a thing of profundity and depth." Stained glass was the product of an environment designed for contemplation, a state not often encountered within our contemporary world. Cathedral draws upon these connections, merging organic and digital forms via a refracted metamorphosis of the Douglas Firs of Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. As technology and screens become ubiquitous, the timelessness of natural forms can offer a means for accessing moments of eternity.

You can see more still images from Cathedral here.

october 2015

This is a busy month of screenings and events!

- Alberta will be screened at Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal on October 11th & 16th. 

- I will present a selection of recent films and videos by the Loop Collective in person with Iris Film Collective on Saturday October 24th in Vancouver BC, alongside fellow members Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof and Jocelyn Statia. This event is part of the "Collective Unconscious" series, which has also featured Montreal's Double Negative Collective and Ottawa's Windows Collective. It will be accompanied by an artist talk on Sunday October 25th at the Iris Collective Fieldhouse Studio. Check out the event page here.

- Poem and Alberta will be presented at Antimatter [ Media Art ] Festival in Victoria BC on October 25th and 28th respectively. Check out their full programme here!

- Films by the Loop Collective at Independent Visions in Regina SK on November 2nd. This will be accompanied by a guest lecture at the University of Regina.

- Next month, I will be giving a guest lecture at Media Arts Peterborough's MAP Talks series, on November 10th, that will be accompanied by a screening of Heavenly Bodies (2015).

- Alberta will be presented at L'Alternativa Festival in Barcelona, Spain, on November 17th, 20th, and 21st.

more news to come soon! x

Still from Alberta (2014).

september 2015

livemix02, 2015 - Part of an ongoing series of live improvised video mixes

august 2015

Happy to announce two new screenings of Alberta (2014) for September, at Pleasure Dome's New Toronto Works 2015 -- check out their fantastic trailer here -- and flEXiff 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Also, Poem (2015) received its international premiere at EXiS Festival's EX- NOW 3 programme alongside Ben Rivers, David Bryant & Karl Lemieux, Hafiz Rancajale, Anton Ginzburg, and IP Yuk-Yiu.

Francesco Cazzin also wrote a wonderful post about Poem on his site, "L'Emergere Del Possibile".

Still from Poem (2015).

july 2015

livemix01 (2015)

12' excerpt from live video performance

june 2015

From June 26th - July 25th, the Loop Collective presents a selection of works at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, co-presented by Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.

This event is the first in a cross-country tour of Loop Collective screenings in celebration of the Toronto-based experimental film collective’s forth 20th anniversary. The works in this exhibition combine recent films from their members with older hidden gems, generating conversations between old and new, film and video, movement and stasis, purity and hybridity, nature and technology, matter and memory.

For more information visit the gallery's website here.


Still from Alberta (2014).

may 2015

this month:

> settled into new house (fixing things, hanging pictures, rearranging furniture, shelves, etc.)

> completed a series of new videos for a public art commission in downtown Toronto (TBA)

> working on a new soundtrack for Carl Brown, entitled "Blood Sugar" (20 minutes, 16mm)

> push towards finishing my PhD comprehensive exams (reading Heidegger, Freud, Whitehead, etc.)

> "Alberta" (2014) presented at Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, and Montreal Underground Film Festival.

> live video performance accompanying a musical composition by Núria Giménez-Comas and Carla Huhtanen (soprano), at 21C Music Festival, part of Soundstreams at Royal Conservatory, Toronto.

Loop Collective touring exhibition in the works, beginning with a group show at Truck Gallery (Calgary), co-presented by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, to be followed by shows in Vancouver, Toronto, and quite possibly several other Canadian cities before expanding internationally.

Still from Heavenly Bodies (2015, work in progress).

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