Bringing Something Back. Joachim Koester
Joachim Koester´s installations, films and photographs interweave historical and fictional narratives as a method to re-examine counter-cultural and spiritual practices.
The performance-lecture Bringing Something Back focuses on a text written by Koester and an accompanying selection of images and films. The performance will address and connect a range of subjects including: the exploration of out of body experiences (OBE’s) and vibrational states; the evolution of neurochemistry and altered states via supplements; the Benandanti, who were members of an agrarian tradition in North-Eastern Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries (they claimed to travel out of their bodies while asleep to battle against malevolent witches); and "Memory Machines", an alternative term applied to the influential concept known as "Hypertext"; a fundamental system applied to the internet and numerous software applications.