Founded in 2001 by American sculptor Jamie Raap and German architect Henrik Mauler, Zeitguised are a Berlin-based contemporary art studio exploring the frontier zone between digital abstraction and realism. Their ambiguously poetic work draws from the infinite recombination capacity of the internet’s crazed mashup culture, paired with the manipulation potential of digital imaging tools. Using seductive 3d animation, Zeitguised creates post-narrative modes of structural transformations, evoking mental states of manic order and complex instability. Precarious color relations and dysfunctional shape agglomerations inform sequential transfigurations. By playing with conventions of digitally manufactured images, the fake is emancipated from authenticity.
The cloud theme predominates the work of Zeitguised: a transitionary, metastable cluster that is nothing yet becomes anything, if only for a fleeting moment. A swarming system that shows symptoms of life and the agility of a connected organism, the cloud is a bastardization of the abstract and the real as a twitching borderline between fiction and concretization. In a post-anthropocentric motion, the cloud works postulate that the predictable merging of nano-, bio- and information technologies will render perpetually evolving shapes into real artifacts.