A Video Retrospective 1-23 October 2010

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.

Art Exhibition previously on at KINGS Artist Run in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 01 October 2010 to Saturday 23 October 2010
Launch Friday 01 October 2010, 6-8pm

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Published by Amelia on Tuesday 17 August 2010.
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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.

Christopher Köller is an established Melbourne-based artist who makes photographs, videos and environmental installations. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan, England, Spain and Mexico, and his work has been included in group exhibitions in France, Italy and throughout Australia. Köller’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Monash, Griffith University, the Bibliotheque Nationale of France, and the Sata Corporation Collection, Tokyo.


Level 1/171 Kings Street
Melbourne 3000