EXHIBITION: FLOATING WORLDS – CHRISTOPHER KÃ–LLER AT RMIT – TAASA Review March 2008
Susan Scollay F loating Worlds was an extraordinary recent exhibition/installation of large-scale photographs and video works shot in Japan by Christopher KÃ¶ller.
In the course of a three month residency at the Australia Councilâ€™s studio in Tokyo, KÃ¶ller recorded the lives of the growing number of young Japanese for whom surfing provides an antidote – or even an alternative – to the intensity and high-tech conformity of city life. Untitled from the series Floating Worlds (2003), Christopher KÃ¶ller. The moody video images set up on four screens in one of RMITâ€™s gallery spaces highlighted the disparity between the industrialised, dangerous conditions of Japanâ€™s beaches and the freedom and contact with nature they bring to the young people who have taken up surfing in the last twenty years (untitled video still, Floating Worlds).
In an adjacent room KÃ¶llerâ€™s inquisitive eye missed little in his footage of six young surfers looking straight at the camera discussing their â€œobsessionâ€ with their way of life that â€œmeans everythingâ€ to them...