Joachim Koester

Poison Protocols and Other Histories

In Joachim Koester’s first UK solo exhibition; Poison Protocols and Other Histories examines the artist's investigation of invisible and forgotten histories of transgression. This 24 page booklet produced to accompany the exhibition at Stills, for the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2009, includes images and specially commissioned essays from both the artist and curator, Lisa Le Feuvre.

Koester uses strategies of montage, archiving and storytelling to illuminate and complicate historical events that form a collective mythical construction of the recent past, tracing a line through the artist’s film and photographs.  This exhibition takes a journey through stories of Carlos Castaneda’s magical passes and the Manson ‘family’; histories of conceptual photography and the opium trade; as well as the fears and desires of alternative perceptual registers. 

Essays include ‘Poison Protocols and Other Histories’, ‘From the Secret Garden of Sleep’, ‘Naking Restaurant: Tracing Opium in Calcutta’, ‘histories’ ‘Tarantism’, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points (after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux), ‘To navigate, in a genuine way, in the unknown necesiates an attiturde of daring, but not one of recklessness (movements generated from the Magical Passes of Carlos Casteneda)’, ‘Barker Ranch’, ‘Time of the Assassins’, ‘The Magical Mirror of John Dee’ and ‘Numerours Incidents of Indefinite Outcome’.

Lisa Le Feuvre is Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute. She co-curated, with Tom Morton, the British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet showing in Nottingham, London, Glasgow and Plymouth in 2010-11.  At Stills, she has curated exhibitions with Alexander and Susan Maris (2010), Joachim Koester (2009), Dan Holdsworth (2008) and Simon Faithfull (2007).

Between 2004 and 2010 she taught the postgraduate Curatorial Programme in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Between 2005 and 2009 she directed the contemporary art programme at the National Maritime Museum, commissioning new work by the artists Dan Holdsworth, Lawrence Weiner, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Renée Green and Jeremy Millar.

Le Feuvre’s other curatorial projects have been staged in spaces across the UK, including the CCA (Glasgow), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), MOT, (London), Plymouth Arts Centre and Arts Council England (London). Lisa regularly contributes to journals, publications and exhibition catalogues. In the Autumn of 2010 her edited anthology Failure was published by Whitechapel Art Gallery and MIT Press. 


A5 size (148 x 210mm)
24 Pages, (B&W)

12 illustrations / images


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