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Caroline Koebel

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, her current series, 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.

Her work has been screened recently at Anthology Film Archives, Issue Project Room, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, Ladyfest Toronto, Traum-Kino Fetisch Film Festival, Director’s Lounge, Optica International Festival of Video Art, Pantheon International Xperimental Film Festival, Abstracta: International Exhibition of Abstract Cinema, and Camagüey Festival of Video Art. Koebel’s work has been supported by, among others, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Media Alliance, the Experimental Television Center, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, 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 with Kyle Schlesinger the acclaimed stencil graffiti book Schablone Berlin, she has recently published catalogue essays on Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer, and curated programs as a board member of the Film-Makers’ Coop. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego. She lives in Brooklyn.

Website:  http://www.carolinekoebel.com/

Flicker On Off available online: http://carolinekoebel.blip.tv/

Email: carolinekoebel@gmail.com