The metaporphosis is complete.
Occulto is now a biannual publication with its own ISSN.
Meet the Popular Republic of Photosynthesis.
Learn how thin and blurry the boundary between living and inanimate can be.
Read challenging reflections about our interpretation of the theory of evolution.
Discover how cleverly Queen Dido took advantage of the isoperimetric problem.
Watch gossip stars morphed into Poltergeist.
Download the second great selection of music compiled by Onga (Boring Machines)
… And more!
Raven Moore, a newly formed artist duet of sound artist Marta Zapparoli and visual artist Kathrin Guenter join for the first time their particular artistic approaches and backgrounds to interrogate, manipulate and remodel the conspiratorial, dark side of the paparazzi and celebrity phenomenon.
A vast collection of original audio and visual footage of so-called “trainwreck” celebrities and pop stars like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan or Lilly Allen, to name only a few, is the source and starting point which the artist duo immerse themselves in.
Audio, text and visual archives are carefully dissected, manipulated and finally reinterpreted by the artists to show how the perfectly calculated and constructed image and sound mask of the star or celebrity slowly cracks, breaks and changes under the constant pressure of public observation and perception.
This mask evidently cracks open, freeing a dubious doppelganger moving about in space incognito, syncing and miming a variety of mutilated, erstwhile catchy tunes which slowly vanish into a ghostly silence.
The first layer that will be presented is an audio-video installation introducing Raven Moore and their mysterious manipulations and mutilations of pop and paparazzi phenomena.
The hoax continues. Kathrin Günter is back! Though she has been noticeably absent from the Gossip Press for quite a while now, a close insider source reveals, that she’s finally returned,
eager and ready to haunt Hollywoods’ Celebrity Scene with yet another eerie escapade.
„After 5 years on/off gossip due to various ventures into rather occult territories, far beyond the red carpet, Kathrin Günter is apparently celebrating her Comeback to the tabloid papers with some new and devilish or rather double tricks to play within the celeb’s glamour world,“ according to our source. „Unlike the years before, she prefers to be out of the spotlight, and hides herself away behind the conspiratorial curtains of her Celebrity Darkroom,“ as the spooky gossip cutie calls it herself.
„Day-in-day-out she barricades herself behind the walls of her shady chateau, sees nobody but her closest circle of friends and barely leaves her luxurious mansion in Mittecito. She’s already planned it all. She’s also fed up being in the spotlight” the source reveals. “That’s why she is hiding her self away in her darkroom cabinet.”
Back in the year 2000 Günter already sucessfully whirlwinded through the celeb scene, on and off the red carpet, haunted the media in blurry and rather grainy cameos, irritated with self-staged dubious derailings; totally shameless, cool calculated, and recklessly retouched!
With her second coup, under the banner of the infamous topline ‘Star Shots – The Hot Mess Hall of Shame’, Kathrin Günter slips into characters of certain trainwrecks like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears or Paris Hilton; roles she says she didn’t have to dig too deep to relate to.
“Living in the public eye, dealing with the stress of what other people say, whether it’s true or not,” she said in a Lifetime promotional clip. “I personally understand them because you’re living your life for everyone to see and people are growing with you. You get to a point where you become numb to it, and you just live your life in that way you feel you need to live it.”
As for her latest plot, so the source, „Kathrin Günter is holding secret seances in her Celebrity Darkroom, to conjure and literally catch the alleged ‘doubles’ or ‘doppelgaenger’ of some carefully selected and especially mediumistically skilled celeb’ stars.“ „It is said, reveals the source, „that she refers to the rather rakish routines of a certain William H. Mumler or Frederick A. Hudson, two of the most infamous Gossip Paparazzi of the 19th century.“
„During these secret spiritual seances, the prominent double gets separated from its original physical body to be able to move about in space independently. Once fully materialised, it is ready to get exposed, developed and fixed onto something what is called ‘light sensitive emulsion of silver gelatine’, in the very Celebrity Darkroom.“
Recent reports reveal, according to our source, that it happened already more than once, that the dubious double doesn’t seem to return to his original body and indulges in its newly gained freedom. Taken for the original celebrity, the paparazzi,as usual, flash their cameras blindly upon these evil twins.
The real dimension of this hilarious Hollywood hoax has yet to be announced, but we have collected already a few statements of some of the affected victims:
„At first glance I always think, that this is me on these pictures…
but I know, that I am prettier. Yes, I created this persona, but I know
that I am entirely different to her.“ Victoria Beckham
„I can’t believe how professional and down-to-earth I look. My double is
even more beautiful than me.“ Paris Hilton
„I’m not caught up in any of it. It’s not really part of my life.“
„I am totally upset and very jealous of all the attention she gets.“
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Following on from the success of our Strange Days and The Air Was Full of Promises books by Adam Geary in July 2012, Aglu is delighted to announce the publication of two new books and allied set of photographs.
Star Shots by Kathrin Günter, investigates the cult of the female celebrity serviced by paparazzi imagery and asks vital questions about those that ‘capture’ and use such images and of the ‘captured’. Kathrin is a German photographer/artist based in Berlin.
Berlinoir by Sebastian Klug, takes us on an atmospheric journey through the nightlife of Berlin. Using a mobile phone, Sebastian is able to recreate the energy and vibrancy of his nocturnal encounters in these colourful and ghost like images. Sebastian is a German photographer based in Berlin.
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Double, etheric counterpart of the physical body which, when out of coincidence, may temporarily move about in space in comparative freedom and appear in various degrees of density to others. The belief in the existence of the double, or astral body, is age old, its acceptance as a working hypothesis solves many a puzzling problem in psychical research.
Nandor Fodor, Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science 1966