Thomas Mailaender

The Night Climbers of Cambridge

Thomas Mailaender was born in 1979. He lives and works between Paris and Marseille.

‘Mailaender’s forum and sphere of operation is less the art world than the rowdier public domain where events can easily run out of control. Society evolved a livid counter-culture, staffed by fallen angels of all sorts. When exactly that culture originated is unclear, but it flourishes and services a fevered public imagination entranced by its own wit and jokes. The majority of solid citizens follow football, for instance, for the artistry of the game, but a hard core of activists revel in its shouted and insulting poetry. If art is to put itself on a par with such a spontaneous and convulsive counter-culture it has to cultivate the kind of suddenness which is Mailaender’s forte’. Ian Jeffrey.

CV / press release / essay