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Photo: Joachim Koester, My Frontier Is an Endless Wall of Points, 2007, in dialogue with two works by Henri Michaux.            © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.

_Danser Brut curated by Christophe Boulanger et Savine Faupin – concept adapted by Ann Geeraerts e Yoon Hee Lamot

_BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

 

From the 1950s onwards, writer-artist Henri Michaux made drawings while under the influence of the drug mescaline. He did this to explore the unknown territory of the subconscious.

Conceptual artist Joachim Koester photographed these drawings before bringing them to life in a film animation, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points. A projection brings the intense drawings together in a chaotic choreography, a dance of swirling patterns that becomes etched in our minds and transports us into a trance or psychedelic trip.

 

Henri Michaux © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.
Joachim Koester, My Frontier Is an Endless Wall of Points, 2007, in dialogue with two works by Henri Michaux. © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.
Joachim Koester, My Frontier Is an Endless Wall of Points, 2007, in dialogue with two works by Henri Michaux. © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.
Joachim Koester, My Frontier Is an Endless Wall of Points, 2007, in the background the work Tarantism, 2007. © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.

Tarantism shows a group of dancers who completely let themselves go in a manic, unrestrained choreography. The title refers to a condition resulting from the poisonous bite of a tarantula spider. According to a southern Italian tradition, the only remedy is to dance the tarantella, a ritual, therapeutic dance full of wild, spastic movements. Dance as therapy.

The film is about the loss of control over the body, not just as an inner phenomenon but as an outer, physical phenomenon. In six individually choreographed parts, the dancers sound out a grey zone: the boundaries of their physical abilities.

Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm transferred to video © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.
Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm transferred to video © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.
Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm transferred to video © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.
Joachim Koester, Tarantism, 2007, 16 mm transferred to video © Philippe de Gobert / Centre for fine Arts, Bozar – Brussels.

Joachim Koester’s works are presented in this installation as a diptych. While Tarantism explores the boundaries of the physical, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points delves into the subconscious. Together they explore the terra incognita of the mind and body.

More about Danser Brut exhibition here.