Two Shorts 2015

ROBOT PAVLOV SPUTNIK (7 minutes 23 seconds)
Hockenhull 2015
password: pavlov

Premiere: Leiden International Short Film Festival 2015

This is a confluence of intent and a revisiting of an iconic animation by Norman McLaren -- "Synchromy" 1971. McLaren's "Synchomy" is an early form of machine art, a formal modernist gesture revealing & reveling in the immediate transparency of code and signal, a chimerical fantasy of speculative references--prophetic futurism reading itself, speaking itself.

Robot Pavlov Sputnik reinterprets and composits the morphic quality of code, its slippage and variability, creating a highly saturated abstracted wave ocean horizon/sunrise pulsed imagistcally by the musical track.
Twisted Curtain — (11 minutes)
Hockenhull 2015
password: hitch

An abbreviated and twisted edit of one of Alfred Hitchcocks least acclaimed films:
"Torn Curtain" - 1966
with Paul Newman and Julie Andrews.

A study in framing of twists and turns and going through doors.
Principal music : John Bonham on drums.


Oliver Hockenhull is a prolific Vancouver based filmmaker and media artist. He is also a screenwriter, communication theorist, and lecturer. He has completed six feature length works, documentaries, dramas, comedies, experimental films and numerous shorts. Works have shown internationally to critical acclaim – from MOMA, NYC to MIT/Boston to Kerala, India to the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. In 2003/2004 he was visiting artist/lecturer at Northwestern University in Chicago.

His films 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 that features Richard Dawkins (and the gorillas of the London Zoo), an essay on the built environment that extends from the early works of Mies van der Rohe to the steps of the Burning Ghats of Varanasi and most recently a film on the psychedelic renaissance.

The films have shown at such festivals and venues as — The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (finalist for the IDFA Joris Ivens Award), The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, The Contemporary Cultural Centre of Barcelona, The Vancouver International Film Festival (Finalist for the NFB Documentary Award), Centre Pompidou, Paris, and The Chicago International Film Festival, etc. Works have also been broadcasted on Canadian and European television.

Oliver has also been deeply 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. As a member of WebWeavers Network Society he contributed to getting on-line the first cultural web site in Canada. His early and 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, The University of Iowa, Victoria University (NZ), Rensselaer Tech. Institute, New York State, and at The Institute for Social Theory at Keele University, U.K.

Filmmography (selected)

- 1988. (70 minutes, 16mm) - ground breaking political experimental film essay on The Vancouver Five Anarchist Cell.

Selected Screenings/Festivals:

The Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, 1988.
The Montreal World Film Festival, 1988.
The Experimental Film Congress, Toronto, 1988.
Millennium, NYC/San Francisco Cinematheque/LACE -
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Film Program,
911 Media Arts Center, Seattle,-1989.

- 1991. (90 minutes, 16mm)
On the failed 1837/38 Canadian Revolution.
Feature Drama
Selected Screenings/Festivals:

The Vancouver International Film Festival 1991.
Cinema Parallel, Montreal.
The National Film Board Cinema, Montreal.
The National Film Board Cinema, Toronto.
Cinecyle, Toronto.
Troia International Film Festival, Portugal,1992.

1996/97. (70 minutes, 16mm and Digital Video)
Feature Documentary
Selected Screenings/Festivals:

Award - Best of the NorthWest Film and Video Festival,
Portland - 1996.
The Vancouver International Film Festival, 1996.
Official Competition - The Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 1997. (Only Canadian Film in Competition)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 1998.
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998.
The Nouveau Cinema/Media Festival, Montreal, 1998.

1999. (104 Minutes- Digital Video and VRML/WWW Site).

Selected Screenings/Festivals:

VRML Festival'99 - Paderborn, Germany, April'99.
The European Media Arts Festival,
Osnabrueck, Germany, May'99.
Pleasure Dome, Toronto, June'99.
The Vancouver International Film Festival, Sept'99
The Graz Biennaile of Film And Architecture, Nov, 1999
The Melbourne International Film Festival, 2000
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2000

"BEAUTIFUL JEW", 2001 (110 Minutes- Digital Feature Drama) collaboration
with the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre Group of Calgary, Alberta. Expected Release: The Rotterdam Film Festival, 2000. Film is a hybrid fiction/documentary about the infamous Jewish Messiah Shabbatai Zevi and his conversion to Islam…. Cuts events in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Palestine, with the story of a Messiah in Calgary, Alberta.

EVO (2002)
- The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam - 2002
- European Media Arts Festival, Germany -2003
- The Hot Docs ! International Documentary Festival - 2003
- The Vancouver International Film Festival - 2002
- The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. - 2003

"Ode to Galactic Traffic" 4 min.
VIPER/BASEL International Festival for Film Video and New Media 2006

"Mother Father Son" 2004 3 min.
Chicago International Film Festival 2005
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 2005

“Shane Remediated” –2005 21 min. dv.
VIPER/BASEL International Festival for Film Video and New Media 2006

“World Briefing” 2007 — a quantum indeterminate noise media event & installation.
Gallery Installation Vancouver

“Lovely Corruption” – 2007 a 2 minute short screened at underground festivals throughout the US and Europe including —
Competition Lausanne Underground Film Festival 2008
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2007

—“incident” — 2008
Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2009
International Media Art Competition 2009
a 6 minute short / riff on the film noir genre

“Shot on Blood:Kozmikonic Electronica” / 2010 — 57 minutes /22 minute loop (released)
Premiered at the Seoul International New Media Festival (2010), presented at the Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film and Video Festival USA (November, 2010) ———May 2011 at Son & Vue Festival Montreal, Easternbloc.
Festival Internacional de Arte Experimental, Bilbao, Spain, 2011

Neurons to Nirvana (69 minutes) & From Neurons to Nirvana (108 minutes)
Vancouver International Film Festival,
Northwest Filmmakers Festival Portland,
Salt Spring International Film Festival,
Montreal Nouveau Cinema Film Festival,
Maui International Film Festival,
Seattle International Film Festival 2014