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  • Joachim Koester, The Other Side of the Sky, 2015, 16mm film, 4 min. 00 sec., film still. Courtesy the artist and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Denmark.
  • Joachim Koester, The Other Side of the Sky, 2015, 16mm film, 4 min. 00 sec., film still. Courtesy the artist and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Denmark.
  • Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm film, black and white, silent, 6 min 30 sec, film still. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
  • Joachim Koester, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points (after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux), 2007, 16mm film, black and white, silent, 10 min 24 sec. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
  • Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm film, black and white, silent, 6 min 30 sec, film still. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
  • Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm film, black and white, silent, 6 min 30 sec, film still. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
  • Joachim Koester, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points (after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux), 2007, 16mm film, black and white, silent, 10 min 24 sec. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
  • Joachim Koester, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points (after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux), 2007, 16mm film, black and white, silent, 10 min 24 sec. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
Fri 5 Feb - Sun 8 May 2016

Step into the world of Joachim Koester…

We bring the work of leading Danish artist Joachim Koester to Margate, paired with selected watercolours by JMW Turner.

Koester plays with the art of storytelling through 16mm film, sound and photography, taking you on a journey to different times, places and states of consciousness. From hypnosis and hallucination to the psychedelic, weave your way through Koester’s narratives and experience The Other Side of the Sky.

Central to the exhibition and inspired by our namesake JMW Turner is a new film commission, The Other Side of the Sky. Premiered at Turner Contemporary and created especially for the exhibition, Koester’s experiential film makes the connection between Turner’s seaward journey, for which he claimed to have been bound to a ship’s mast, and later trips: internal journeys and chemical ventures of the 1960s. See a group of Turner watercolours shown alongside Koester’s film, which offers a new perspective on the painter’s later, watery landscapes.

Discover Koester’s works from the past 10 years, many of which have never been shown in the UK before. Embark on a psychological journey into Department of Abandoned Futures; watch dancers quiver as Koester reinterprets the cultural myth of Tarantism, the dancing cure practised by victims of tarantula bites to release venom from their bodies; delve into the artist’s obsessive documentation of ‘the alien’ in his Praying Mantis film and accompanying photographs.

“Just strolling through the spaces might be enough for a visitor to get a sense of what is going on. I call this ‘inhaling the show’ – perceiving it through the body. There is also another, conceptual landscape to be discovered...”
– Joachim Koester

Transport yourself to another state of mind, another space, to #theotherside.

Joachim Koester: The Other Side of the Sky is organised in collaboration with Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Portugal and curated by Filipa Oliveira and Turner Contemporary.


Photography without flash of the Joachim Koester artworks is permitted during the exhibition.


 
Joachim Koester and Stefan A Pedersen, Department of Abandoned Futures, 2015 Please be aware that this work contains powerful relaxation techniques. We highly recommend you do not combine this with any other task demanding your physical attention, such as driving

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