Interview with Atom Egoyan at Sundance


Douglas Cooper: A persistent theme in your work is the point at which communication becomes perverse:
technologies designed to eliminate distance between people in fact reinforce that distance. You have
addressed telephone, film and video technologies in some detail; do you have plans to take this critique
to the next level? Are you giving thought to the Web, online sex, digital communities?

Atom Egoyan: It’s a really interesting question for me. The thing I have to grapple with is that the Net — although it’s a huge breakthrough — does not, figuratively, give me more material to gnaw on than many of the technologies I’ve already approached. It suggests something very close to what the other
have already revealed, which is that we think we’re getting closer, but that illusion itself reinforces our alienation.

The thing to consider is what these technologies represent as metaphors,
artistically. And whether or not the revelation of the Net is so much of a leap. What it suggests in a practical
way may imply more than what it opens as an artistic theme. Ultimately, what the telephone does in terms of
real-time communication — the seductiveness of intimacy through the filter of distance
— that, as a primal gesture, is still having a residual effect on me…

To Part Two of this Interview
To the Syllabus of the Freud and Lacan Seminar
To Another Scene
To Cyberpedagogy an outline of a case history
To My Lack
ToPassionate Screen Memories Transference and Countertransference in the Internetworked Classroom
The Resource Center for Cybercultural Studies Directed by David Silver at the University of Maryland