Joachim Koester

Maybe this act, this work, this thing

In this MOVING IMAGE EXPO, STUK is delighted to present the work of visual artist Joachim Koester.

The exhibition focuses on his most recent video installation Maybe this act, this work, this thing. In the film, we witness two Vaudeville actors, working on a new act in a dimly-lit theater. Spurred by the development of the cinematic apparatus, they attempt to transform themselves into a film machine. The actors become cogs, wheels, moving belts, and quivering electricity. They whisper, dance, stomp, grab and roll as they mime the mechanics of the machinery. Their actions are marked by a great urgency. Unless they can utilize this technology to create an act, their ability to make a living as performers will come to an end.

Many of Koester’s recent films have been anchored in the concept that traces of histories and events can be found within our nervous and muscular systems as forgotten memories which can be awakened through movement and gesture. Following this thread of thought, Maybe this act, this work, this thing is a kinesthetic echo of the birth of the film medium and the cultural shifts it induced. Koester draws a comparison to his own practice: ‘the struggle of the Vaudeville actors to create an identity in the face of great forces can be seen as mirroring my own artistic practice’, he says. ‘In both contexts, the attempt to remain relevant hinges on the development of an “act;” producing an alternative space of possibility through technologies, bodies and minds.’

In STUK, Maybe this act, this work, this thing is presented next to a selection of recent works, including Of Spirits and Empty Spaces (2012), which can be understood as a parallel piece to Maybe this act, this work, this thing, and three meditation tracks: Department of Abandoned Futures, Drifting through Passaic, and Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles (2016).

Pictures opening & installation shots © Joeri Thiry / STUK & Kristof Vrancken
Full album via Flickr

Maybe this act, this work, this thing
video, colour, stereo, DK/BE/GB, 2017, 2:3, 20'

Commissioned in association with Auguste Orts, Beckett-Fonden, Bergen Kunsthall, Camden Arts Centre, Carlos and Francesca Pinto, Knud Højgaards Fond, On & For Production, Statens Kunstfond, STUK – House for Dance, Image & Sound

Joachim Koester
(°1962, Copenhagen, DK)

Joachim Koester is a Danish visual artist, working primarily with photography, video and film. In his practice one can identify both a deep interest for an experimental use of the body and the mind as well as a fascination for materials related to the ‘occult’. His works are full of references, though not all readily and explicitly present. His work thus continuously invites layers of interpretation. His work has been presented internationally with recent solo shows at Camden Arts Centre, London (2017); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016); Forum Eugénio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal (2015); Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2014); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013). Joachim Koester is represented by Jan Mot (Brussels), Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Denmark), Greene Naftali (NY). He lives and works between New York and Copenhagen.

performers boglarka börcsök & zeina hanna | cinematographer adam jandrup | light adam jandrup & artur castro freire | sound recording irvic d'olivier & marie paulus | choreography & assistant director liz kinoshita | costume, make up & hair anne-catherine kunz & marie messien | film set design & construction søren assenholt & herman sorgeloos | data handler loup brenta | production manager jesse van bauwel, marie logie & rebecca jane artur | editing joachim koester & lui mokrzycki | sound editing & mixing stefan a. pedersen | color grading ulrik heltoft | produced by auguste orts

thanks to stuk team wieter bloemen, laura delaere, ilse van essche, bregt janssens, richard kerkhofs, neal van pee, karen verschooren and sven augustijnen, michel balague, ellen blumenstein, gina buenfeld, martin clark, jenni lomax, anna manubens, maxim-jo beck mcgosh, jan mot & morten søkilde

Thu 30 Mar 2017 19:00 - Sun 28 May 2017


STUK Expozaal

Bijkomende info

30 MAR 2017 – 28 MAY 2017


TU - FR: 18:00 > 22:00
SA - SU: 14:00 > 18:00

OPENING: TH 30 MARCH — 19:00