Killing Time: A Video Retrospective
Curate by Amelia Douglas
Exhibtion opening Friday October 1st, 6-8pm
Exhibtion runs till October 23
Curated by Amelia Douglas, KILLING TIME is the premier retrospective of Christopher Köller’s video practice in Australia. Filled with images of sex, death, golf and surfing, the exhibition is populated with a host of rebel characters (from sock-fetishists to poets, film-noir protagonists to Japanese surfers), that move through landscapes both historically loaded and poetically charged.
Imbued with a wicked sense of black humour and executed in Köller’s signature grainy low-fi aesthetic, these videos tell stories about real and imagined social boundaries. They speak of the ways in which human behaviour is regulated and monitored, and, equally, the fragility and porosity of societal control.
Escape – from hegemonic judgments, from the twists and turns of imposed narratives, or even simply from the daily grind – is in this exhibition considered as a viable alternative to escapism. Normality is a fiction, Köller suggests, that constantly provokes dissent.
Shot using a digital camcorder between 2002 and 2009, Köller’s single-channel videos are presented alongside a new, limited-edition screen-print that has been produced specifically for this exhibition. Please note: the total duration of this exhibition is in excess of one hour. Visitors are welcome to bring friends, cushions (maybe some popcorn) into the gallery for their viewing comfort.