Oliver Hockenhull

Oliver Hockenhull

Program Completed at the CFC

Cineplex Entertainment Film Program (Directors' Lab)

Title While at CFC

Filmmaker / Media Artist / Critic / Writer

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His many films and media installations have shown at such film festivals and venues as — The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (Official Competition – Film), The Museum of Modern Art — NYC, The National Gallery of Art,Washington, D.C., The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, MIT/Boston, The Contemporary Cultural Centre of Barcelona, The Vancouver International Film Festival, The San Francisco Cinematheque, The International New Media Festival, Seoul, The Chicago International Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Arte Experimental, Bilbao, Spain, etc. Works have been broadcasted on Canadian and European television.

His works are iconoclastic, visionary journeys enlivened by an intimate, poetic, and enlightening perspective. Using the full potentiality of film to engage attention, he has concentrated on pivotal subjects; the social and intellectual import of the eminent writer, Aldous Huxley; an experimental film essay on evolution featuring Richard Dawkins (and the gorillas of the London Zoo); an essay on architecture extending from the early works of Mies van der Rohe to the steps of the Burning Ghats of Varanasi; a hyper media installation that questions ‘chance‘ — as quantum indeterminate noise — to edit video— and most recently (2013/2014) a double versioned feature documentary on psychedelics.

He has also been involved in the study, theory, and application of new media imaging and authoring technologies, and has been a research associate with The Centre for Image and Sound Research in Vancouver and a director/resident at The Banff Centre for the Arts where he built architectural constructions in VRML and L-Systems.

As a member of WebWeavers Network Society, he contributed to the online launch of one of the first cultural websites in Canada, and with Thecla Schiporst he initiated a premiere online gallery & curated festival for digital media arts (digital earth foundation 1994 — 2000).

His early groundbreaking hypertext documents have been used in courses at: the University of Virginia Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities; “Tech-Sci Culture” at the University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Iowa; Victoria University (NZ); the Rensselaer Tech. Institute, New York State; and at the Institute for Social Theory at Keele University, UK.

He studied at Simon Fraser University, concentrating on communications, phenomenology and cinema & is an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre. He has previously taught at Northwestern University in Illinois in the faculty of Film & Video and earlier at the University of British Columbia.