Joachim Koester: Day for Night Christiania 1996

Joachim Koester: Day for Night Christiania 1996
Library Shelf Location 18.KOES
Publication Date 1998

Day for Night is the cinematic technique used when filming a night scene during the day. It's a standard technique used all through film history. The title of Francois Truffaut's film La Nuit Americane is a reference to this. In his work Joachim Koester has adapted the Day for Night technique to still photography and made a series of photographs from Christiania a squatters community near the center of Copenhagen. Christiania was founded in 1971 by 'slumstormere' breaking down the fence surrounding 'BŒdsmandsstr¾des kaserne', occupying an abandoned military base. Within a few years, the appearance of the base was totally transformed with the original military structure giving away to a new set of intentions. The idea of the squatters was to create a city that allowed more personal freedom than anywhere else, and today Christiania still employs a collective economy and does not submit to the laws of Denmark. By documenting Christiania through the Day for Night technique Joachim Koester has created a different kind of imagery. Day for Night; both day and night in the same image. Like Christiania; dream and reality - the dream of creating a perfect community compared to the reality of the place 25 years later. The photographs in the projection can be seen as an attempt to trace these ideas focusing on the spacial transformation of the place, from military base to 'Free City', as the main narrative.

ISBN 8798706004
Quantity 1
Pages 64
Author Catsou Roberts
Format Paperback
Publisher Galleri Nicolai Wallner
Related Artist Joachim Koester
Category Photography
Keywords Society, Community
Related City/Region Christiania, Copenhagen
Artist's Nationality Danish

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