Curator’s Monday 152 - Artist on Tumblr

Zeitguised by Henrik Mauler & Jamie Raap | on Tumblr (USA/Germany) - Birds

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.

Currently at La Gaîté Lyrique until August 2014
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The Beast Of Gevaudan

In the 1760s, an area of south-eastern France was terrorised by an enormous, wolf-like beast. The animal attacked and killed over 70 people, most of which were children, by leaping on them and landing a fatal bite to the throat.

General descriptions of the creature refer to reddish fur with black stripes and a large, long-snouted head with short, pointed ears. Some cases also mention exceptional leaping abilities as well as bullet-proof skin and an alleged ability to stand bipedally.

Both military attempts, led by Captain Jean-Baptiste Duhamel, as well as attempts by a famous wolf hunter named Denneval (under direct employment of King Louis XV) to kill the beast failed.

Although the singular identity of the Beast of Gevaudan has never been 100% determined, many large wolves and even an escaped hyena were killed in the area as suspects of at least some of the attacks.

Hey guys, firstly thank you for your support, before, during and after my fight. It was unbelievable, a memory for life. I love you all. A loss is not the end of the world, there are so many other problems in the world that needs more attention and discussions than my loss. I lost to a better opponent on that giving day, that’s it, no excuses what so ever. Rumble Johnson is not only a fantastic fighter, but a great sportman and athlete that I respect a lot for his personality and for the person he is. So what’s next? A short vacation and then back to training and becoming a better fighter. My goal is still the same, it was just a small bump on the road. ❤ ” - Alexander Gustafsson

Final production art for Caine’s highly ornate mauler - check out the wing theme!

On this note, it’s interesting to me that they clearly allowed Caine to keep his Legion/Skyjacker swag (wings excepted, of course) in the Deadland. It seems very sporting of the authorities, and I can only presume they wanted him to have a fighting chance (one imagines surviving in a place called ‘Deadland’ would be tricky).