Joachim Koester, Of Spirits and Empty Spaces, 2012 (Still)

Joachim Koester: Howe
Friday, 15 November, 2013 to Sunday, 23 February, 2014

For his exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Koester presents his recent work Of Spirits and Empty Spaces (2012), a 16mm film about the American spiritualist and activist John Murray Spear who, along with his congregates at the The Domain, a settlement within the borders of rural New York and Pennsylvania in 1861, sought the designs for a new sewing machine through trance and movement. At the time, Elias Howe, American inventor and sewing machine pioneer had already developed a sewing machine with several strong patents. Spear and his group intended to circumnavigate Howe's legally protected designs in order to create a new and cheaper machine that would be accessible to ordinary people. Alongside this work, Koester will debut a new film commissioned by Kadist Art Foundation featuring one of Elias Howe’s sewing machines.

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