Demonology (2010)

Joachim Koester

16mm film animation, black and white, mute, 3’06”

The work is based on quasi-psychedelic drawings from a so-called ‘demon-wall’ located in a Norwegian church dated 1620. From a distance the drawings look like a solid black square but as one moves closer one can vaguely begin to discern different figures. It is a hidden world that is only exposed briefly in the corner of the eye. Similarly to how the demonic is linked to the shadows, the person looking at the work has to search in the dark after figures that give form to the invisible.
In his work Koester explores how our notion of the real connects to the imaginary and supernatural.