Buildings and Grounds: The Angst Archive (2003)
Inspired by dilemmas posed in Thomas Manns Magic Mountain, this visual meditation and interrogation explores issues of utopian visions, ethics and being human.
Arise! Walk Dog Eat Donut (1999)
The Shanghaied Text (1996)
Moscow X (1994)
Berlin: Tourist Journal (1988)
Landscape and Desire (1981)
Ken Kobland has produced film and video artworks since the mid-1970s, including performance/media pieces in collaboration with the Wooster Group, a New York-based experimental theater. His work has screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, including Ann Arbor, Rotterdam, Media-Biennial (Geneva), World-Wide (Amsterdam), Locarno VideoArt, VideoKunst (Karlsruhe), the Montreal Film/Video Festival, the Vienna Viennale, the New York Video Festival and the International Forum of the Berlin Film Festival. In addition, his work has been included in Whitney Biennials and represented in programs in London, Paris, Sidney, Budapest, Warsaw, Tokyo and Bangkok. He has received numerous honors and awards, for his own work as well as for cinematography on documentary films on the painters Joan Mitchell and Chuck Close. His work has been broadcast nationally on PBS and on cultural channels in the US and Europe.
1969, BA, Art and Philosophy, Union College, Schenectady, NY
1967-1968, Architecture, Columbia University, New York
October - November 2006
Ken Koblands short Ideas of Order in Cinque Terre was included in the traveling Black Maria Film Festival, which was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in November. The film meditates on an extraordinary string of Italian cliff towns on the Mediterranean coast.
Ken Koblands short documentary Ideas of Order in Cinque Terre, an abstract homage to the landscape of the Mediterranean coastline, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this spring.
June - July 2004
Ken Kobland's Buildings and Grounds screened at the New York Video Festival in July. Through different landscapes the filmmaker argues with himself about the human condition.
How do you approach the beginning of a project?
Blindly groping, feeling my way on hands and knees, trying to listen to what's resonating in my head. Usually it's an image of a place, a room, a voice, a sound, or a line of text...an argument with life.