Incursions into Comic Fear
Opening June 5th 5:30-9:30pm
June 5 - August 1, 2015
Caroline Koebel is one of experimental film’s most gifted and fearless provocateurs. For the better part of the past 15 years she has developed a visual language that is at once clearly informed by the great master works of avant-garde cinema of the past, and yet each of her films responds directly and forcefully to some of the most pressing issues of our times, whether it’s the horrors of war, privacy issues, the displays of power or feminist methodologies.
Her exhibition, Incursions into Cosmic Fear, will feature a choice selection of works from the last two decades including her latest effort, “Viewing Blind: Sniper’s Burial” (2015), which uses the military funeral for Chris Kyle (American Sniper) to explore, as the artist says, “the encounter between politics and aesthetics in cinema.”
The title is drawn from the French cultural theorist Paul Virilio’s 2012 book, The Administration of Fear, which describes our culture’s move away from a “democracy of opinion” as the author describes it, toward a ‘society of emotion’ caused in part by the instantaneity of communications.
Based in Columbus, Koebel’s films have won numerous awards and shown internationally at venues such as: The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago, Chile), the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Director’s Lounge (Berlin), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), The Kitchen (New York), the Ann Arbor Festival of Independent and Experimental Film, the Pacific Film Archives (Berkeley), Anthology Film (new York) and the LA Filmforum. Koebel’s essays have appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, Jump Cut, Millennium Film Journal. She received a BA in Film Studies at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego. She is on faculty at Transart Institute, and in summer 2015 will teach a Brecht Workshop in Berlin.