The Hashish Club (2009)
In the 1840s French intellectuals, keen to expand their experiences, observed the effect of illicit drugs on their bodies and minds. Koester refers to their history as well as the impact of modern legislation on the shape and potency of cultivated marijuana plants. As you immerse yourself in his mesmerising, almost hallucinatory environment, ask yourself where you stand in the legalisation debate. Is dope a gateway to a lifetime of addiction or a meaningful social lubricant?
Camera: Joachim Koester. Editing Joachim Koester, Lui Mokrzycki
Originally produced for Altermodern, Tate Britain.
Courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Acquired with funding from Museumsfonden, 7th December 1966
Joachim Koester is a conceptual artist from Copenhagen. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Art in his native city in 1993. Starting in the mid-1990s, he developed an oeuvre that could be described as a complex web in which journalistic and historical research fuse with personal and fictitious narratives.