Figure vs. Ground

Daniel Cockburn and Emily Vey Duke

2004, 07:00 minutes, colour, English


A roving search across endless colour-fields gradually reveals a solitary singer, struggling to be heard over distortion and doppelgangers. A journey from cacophony to harmony.

This video was commissioned by the 640 480 video collective for the VS. programme, a showcase of collaborative video works resulting from tape exchanges between performers and post-producers. For more information visit

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Critical Writing

Time Being: The Moving Images of Daniel Cockburn
by Tom McSorley. Canadian Film Institute, 2013.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: (Vs. Program)
by Scott SØrli. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
VS: 640 480 - original programme
by Jon Davies et al. VS, Dec. 2004.