Informed by conceptual art, film theory and feminism, Caroline Koebel’s films and videos provoke new modes of aesthetic and critical engagement with early cinema, commodity culture, maternity, and other subjects. Flicker On Off applies the idiom of experimental film and artist’s video to big-budget movies in order to speak about world affairs, including global warming, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and the Haditha Massacre, in what could be described as an alternate essay format. Recent presentations of her work include Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland), 5th ATTITUDE Festival (Macedonia), dança em foco (Brazil), Oblò Film Festival (Switzerland), MadCat (USA), Ladyfest Toronto (Canada), European Media Art Festival (Germany), Optica International Festival of Video Art (Spain), Pantheon International Xperimental Film Festival (Cyprus), Abstracta: International Exhibition of Abstract Cinema (Italy), and Camagüey Festival of Video Art (Cuba). Koebel’s work has been supported by, among others, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Experimental Television Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Squeaky Wheel, Media Alliance, and the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle. Drawing breath from pioneers such as Germaine Dulac and Maya Deren, Koebel situates writing and curating firmly within her creative practice. In addition to co-authoring the acclaimed stencil graffiti book Schablone Berlin, she has published catalog essays on Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer, and curated programs as a board member of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative. She holds a BA in Film Studies from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego.
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