Joachim Koester and Yosuke Fujita

Please note this event will take place at 5-6 Cork Street, W1S 3NX.

Joachim Koester: Bringing Something Back

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 is a new commission by Camden Arts Centre, which focuses on a text written by Koester and an accompanying selection of images and films, reproduced in an associated publication. 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 spirits); 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.

For over 20 years, Koester’s work has explored the unconscious and unidentified abilities of the human body, often through performed re-enactments of occult rituals, transcendental forms of hypnosis, psycho-geographical explorations, and psychological experiments. His works consider how the body and mind assimilate with the space and time they inhabit, while reflecting upon the historically divergent role of the artist as both mystic and prophet.

Yosuke Fujita: Noiseem

Yosuke Fujita creates distinct live sonic performances that are inspired by traditional Japanese Gagaku music; incorporating flowing water, the human voice and analogue tape reels to create spatial and sonic compositions that are designed to embrace the eye and the ear. For the European premiere of NOISEEM, he will employ synthesised water tanks connected to a unique pipe organ fabricated by Fujita, to construct an immersive environment designed to stimulate embodied and multi-sensory experiences.

The catalyst for Fujita’s exploration of multichannel sound work with flowing water was a collaborative sonic experiment with ∈Y∋ (Boredoms) entitled MEMOLEEM (2015). Since this initial alliance, he has independently developed an organ-centric approach with water, which has evolved into NOISEEM; it premiered at BuoY, Tokyo (2018) and was presented at TPAM, Yokohama (2019).

In conjunction with his performance work, Fujita has featured in numerous exhibitions including INVISIBLE LAKE (2015), presenting a sound installation that focused on underwater sounds, and CELL (2017) at the Sapporo International Art Festival, which comprised of a sonic work that amplified the sounds of black soldier fly larvae buried in the soil.



Joachim Koester has exhibited widely, with solo shows at Statens Museum for Kunst (2018), Beirut Art Center (2018), Bergen Kunsthall (2018); Camden Art Centre (2017); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016); Forum Eugénio de Almeida, Evora (2015); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2012); SMAK, Ghent (2012); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); The Power Plant, Toronto (2010); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (2000) and PS1 (project space), New York (1999) among others. Selected group exhibitions include: The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2014); From the Collection, S.M.A.K, Ghent (2014); Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Habitar el tiempo, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2014); and ARKTIS, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2013). Koester’s work has also been exhibited in numerous biennales including the Taipei Biennal (2012); Sao Paulo Biennial (2010); Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy (2008); Sharjah Biennale (2007); the Venice Biennale, Slovenian and Danish Pavilions (2006, 2005 respectively) and Documenta X, Kassel (1997).


Yosuke Fujita
Yosuke Fujita is a Sound Artist living in Japan. He creates his unique sound art and music which takes various natural phenomena that respond to his interest in wanting to hear unheard sounds and noises. In 2009 Fujita hand fabricated an original musical ‘fantasy’ object, a pipe organ. The water element (with sound synthesized water tanks) has recently been added on his performance repertoire. The music consists of water sounds from multiple aquariums alongside his pipe organ, and his voice.

Since 2006 he had many solo performances and collaborative works with musicians as well as choreographers and videographers, such as ∈Y∋ (Boredoms), Akio Suzuki, Open Reel Ensemble, Koichi Makigami, Fuyuki Yamakawa and Yukio Suzuki.

He has presented his sound installation works in many contexts: the work “CELL”, which made audible the sounds of black soldier fly maggots buried in dirt, was exhibited in Sapporo International Art Festival 2017 and attracted a great deal of interest in Fujita’s artistic practice.  Read more 

A Camden Arts Centre and Thirty Three Thirty Three co-production in association with Laurel Halo as part of MODE 2019.