"Koester's denial of the documentary impulse and the decision to excise these non-images from the history of Andrée's expedition fuel his short film. He is responding to the presumptions made by someone, who upon recovery of these plates made a decision that some plates that conveyed visual information were of higher value than plates that were developed into frozen abstraction by their exposure to the elements—circumstances of the trip and extreme cold. A value judgment was made and by challenging that judgment, Koester exhibits a poetic interpretation of existential meaning. Those plates may not show us the scene of the balloon or cruel failure, but they do evoke the expanse of cold and abject dread." READ MORE