Film Work 1975-2011 Ken Kobland

08:00:00 | 7 DVDs

Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Autobiography, City, Diary, Environment, Expedition/Travel, Film or Videomaking, Future, Landscape, Literature, Memory, Performance

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Film Work 1975-2011 Ken Kobland

Ken Kobland has been working in various aspects of film and video since 1971, creating productions in collaboration with performing artists such as Philip Glass, the Wooster Group, Elizabeth LeCompte, and Spalding Gray. His work explores a variety of themes and issues, often embracing a photographic aesthetic within the context of video. Beautifully edited, his work merges diaristic and documentary categories, presenting an art of video that approximates photo-journalism. 

This 7-DVD box set contains the following titles from the artist:

Disc 1

Moscow X, 1994, 57:00

Buildings and Grounds, 2003, 44:00

Disc 2

STUPA (Burial Mound), 1992, 60:50

Piece for Spald (audio only), 2004, 9:40

Flushed-at-Once, 2002, 00:54

Disc 3

Berlin: Tourist Journal, 1988, 19:00

The Toy Sun, 2011, 33:00

End Credits, 1994, 7:00

Disc 4

Flaubert Dreams of Travel, 1986, 20:00

Ideas of Order in Cinque Terre, 2005, 31:30

Disc 5

Foto-Roman, 1990, 26:30

ARISE! Walk Dog / Eat Donut, 1999, 30:00

Landscape and Desire, 1980, 37:00

Disc 6

Frame, 1975, 10:00

The Shanghaied Text, 1996, 21:00

Near and Far / Now and Then, 1979, 19:00

Disc 7

Vestibule (in 3 episodes), 1978 21:30

The Communists are Comfortable, 1984, 54:40

Included Titles

Ken Kobland
1993 | 57:00
Moscow X
A camcorder diary and chronicle of public opinion in Moscow during a time of huge political, economic, and hence cultural, changes in the former Soviet Union. The tape reveals Kobland's own fascination with the diversity and complexity of Russians...


Collection: Single Titles


Buildings and Grounds/ The Angst Archive
"...a rumination, a series of borrowed 'dialogues' out of an ongoing argument with myself. It meanders, mentally and physically, reflecting on the conditions of being human; on transience, consciousness and desire. It uses landscapes as provocations...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, environment, film or videomaking, landscape

Ken Kobland
1992 | 1:00:46
A one-hour heliocopter flight over the suburban sprawl of Long Island to Fresh Kills, the New York City Landfill on Staten Island; accompanied by an operatic audio-mix of bad-mouth talk-radio mayhem and historic nostalgia.


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: city

Berlin: Tourist Journal
This video is a response to Kobland’s experiences as a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) fellow in West Berlin. A journalistic collection of impressions of a haunted place, the tape evokes the landscape of past and present Germany...


Collection: Single Titles


Ken Kobland, Flaubert Dreams of Travel But the Illness of His Mother...
Drawing from Flaubert's The Temptation of Saint Anthony, his letters, travel journals, and biography, this video layers fantasy, sexual obsession, morbidity, Romanticism, and boredom alongside the ghostliness of empty hotel rooms, aural atmosphere,...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: literature, performance

Ken Kobland
1990 | 28:00
Foto Roman
“Think of it as a prologue to a sleazy thriller. A sort of shaggy-dog plot of voyeuristic atmospheres.” This video is about the voyeuristic license of the camera: exposing, uncovering, glimpsing things obscured and revealed. A series of still images...


Collection: Single Titles


ARISE! Walk Dog Eat Donut
Film- and videomaker Ken Kobland returns to the urban landscapes he filmed 20 years previously, such as the New York subway and the S-Bahn in Berlin. We leave, we travel, but it’s always the same images that we are drawn to. A moving road movie...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: city, diary, expedition/travel, landscape, memory

Shanghaied Text
A self-described “collage piece” of “stolen images,” Shanghaied Text starts with quiet Montana landscapes, among which are views of a powerful dam. When the dam breaks loose you find yourself “shanghaied” to places unknown, where Kobland confronts...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: future, landscape