Throwback Thursday: Early Experiments

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I recently found a sketchbook in the basement filled with drawings that I did from when I was 8 ’til I was 12 years old. There were a lot of drawings inspired by “Havoc in Heaven” (the Chinese cartoon ‘The Monkey King’) and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, but there were also an entire series of drawings where I experiment with drawing tiny stuff as if seen through a microscope. They are all very colourful and psychedelic.

Here is one I did when I was 11:

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Another classic from when I was 11 (I have ceremoniously given it the title “The World Seen Through the Glasses of the Wizard!”, written in purple filt pen next to the drawing, including the exclamation mark. This technique actually looks a lot like a part of a painting I’m working on at this very moment. (!) Food for thought.

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And another from when I was 11:
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This one I did when I was 8:
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And this one, when I was 12:christina tegning 12 år b

It’s fun for me to (re)discover that a lot of the things I experiment with in my drawings today are the same things that I was obsessing about as an 11-year old. I just used a different kind of drawing tools, and my technique has improved. But I am clearly EXACTLY the same person.

I talk about this (in Danish) in this interview by Artoteket: Mød kunstneren – Christina Majcher

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Aztec Challenge – a self-portrait and a challenging journey

My newest piece is done! Here it is.

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There’s a lot of travel adventures in this one – of looking at ancient Mexican pyramids and diving into deep and mysterious caves and finding the way out again. It’s also very much a self-portrait and a compilation of the events of 2017 – a difficult and colorful year.

The title of the drawing is Aztec Challenge, named after one of the first computer games I ever played – and old Commodore 64 favourite. I thought the name was just perfect for this piece in so many ways.

Limited prints are available here: Aztec Challenge on Shopify

Aztec Challenge. 56 x 71 cm. (White border 3 cm). Ink and pencil on paper. Limited edition print. Signed. This piece took 84 hours to complete and was completed in February 2018. Price for signed and limited print: 1900 dkk.

For framed version or other requests, get in touch directly at christina@majcher.dk.

“Der kommer nogle ting ud inde fra sjælen, som ikke kan auto-genereres af en algoritme”

the garden workingJeg udstiller nogle af mine værker på Artoteket på Nørrebro, og de har udgivet dette interview med mig, hvor jeg fortæller om, hvorfor jeg tegner, som jeg gør:

“Lige nu er jeg MASSIVT optaget af den helt skarpe millimeter-præcision, som farvede blyanter og penne giver. Der er ingen tvivl om, at jeg rykker tilbage til malerpensler på lærred på et tidspunkt, og videre ud i andre materialer, men i øjeblikket er jeg bare ikke færdig med de farvede blyanter. Jeg kan tegne sådan nogle helt sylespidse detaljer, som giver billederne et fraktal-agtigt udtryk, som om de er genereret af en computer. Bare én af mine tegninger kan snildt tage 85 timer at lave, og det er superspændende og også lidt skørt at bruge så lang tid på at tegne bare ét mega-detaljeret værk, når vi lever i en tid, hvor computergrafik kan generere kunstige skyer, bjergkæder og virkeligt flotte fraktaler på få sekunder. Men der opstår en helt særlig magi, når man gør tingene på den langsomme, møjsommelige og meditative måde, med hænderne. Så kan der komme nogle ting ud inde fra sjælen, som simpelthen ikke kan auto-genereres af en algoritme. Og det siger jeg med den største kærlighed til computere: Jeg anmelder computerspil og udforsker ny teknologi såsom virtual reality til daglig i kraft af mit job, så jeg er fuldt ud klar over, hvilke forførende universer, den digitale verden kan trylle frem. Netop derfor har jeg brug for den dybere trolddom, der opstår, når man tager sig tid til at tegne ting i hånden. Det er forbløffende, hvad der kommer ud. Og sjælen nyder det.”

Hvad inspirerer dig og skaber udgangspunktet for dine værker?
“Jeg kan virkelig godt lide at tegne maskineriet bag den synlige verden. Jeg er meget inspireret af naturen og alt, hvad den kan finde på af kulørt sjov, såsom neon-grønne forårsskove og planeter og solopgange over havet, og selvom jeg har tegnet mange ”naturalistiske” trækroner gennem tiden, så er jeg mere interesseret i at tegne tingene bag den fysiske verden nu. Jeg er fuldstændigt vild med fraktaler, og hvordan verden ser ud, når man kigger på den gennem nano-mikroskoper, så jeg vil gerne ned i detaljerne på dén måde, men jeg vil også ned i følelserne imellem os, ned i bølgerne under musikken. Hvordan tegner jeg energierne, der strømmer imellem os? Hvordan tegner jeg et mareridt? Hvordan ser åndeverdenen ud? Hvordan tegner jeg, at alting hænger sammen? Den naturlige, fysiske verden kommunikerer til os hele tiden; vi kan bare ikke høre det, når vi er digitalt distraherede, og det er mange af os cirka non-stop. Der er også virkelig meget stress-bearbejdning og healing i værkerne, både i motiverne og i den meget tidskrævende måde, jeg laver dem på. Jeg vil gerne overraske folks øjne hele tiden, så jeg går helt amok med de bittesmå detaljer. Lige i øjeblikket kan det nærmest ikke blive småt nok. Jeg vil gerne have, at folk kan fortabe sig fuldstændigt i detaljegraden, så vi nærmest ryger helt ned i molekylestørrelse. Det er jo sådan, den fysiske verden omkring os i virkeligheden ser ud: Milliarder af summende molekyler, der danser ud og ind imellem hinanden i virkeligt flotte farver.” 

Hvordan ser din proces ud, når du skaber et nyt værk?
“Jeg har som regel en idé om nogle af de vigtigste elementer, der skal være på bestemte steder på det store, hvide papir, så dem starter jeg med at skitsere op med blyant. Når omridset af de væsentligste væsener, figurer og landskaber er på plads, går jeg i gang med farverne. På det her tidspunkt er der stadig masser af hvidt tomrum og masser af tøven og hvad-nu-hvis’er og kunne-det-mon-gøres-anderledes-tanker, og der er også virkeligt mange ideer, der gerne vil ud samtidig, så det kan være lidt svært at styre. Nogle gange skal jeg bore mig ti timer ind i et værk, før flowet griber mig. Fra dët øjeblik ændrer processen sig. Når jeg først har ramt flow-tilstanden, folder tegningen sig ud foran mig på en langt mere ubevidst måde. Stemningen bliver mere fornøjelig og frygtløs, og jeg tør eksperimentere mere. Ting, jeg ikke har planlagt, begynder at opstå. Mønstre, jeg kunne se for mig, men ikke anede, hvordan jeg skulle få frem på papiret, folder sig ud og falder på plads. Det er stadig top-nervepirrende at kaste sig ud i et nyt stil-eksperiment, der bare ”føles rigtigt”, når man er 60 timers arbejde inde i en tegning, som jo dybest set kan blive ødelagt af en fejlvurdering eller et enkelt kiks med den sorte pen, men hele processen er simpelthen en kontinuerlig øvelse i at give slip og give sig hen til det, der vil ud. Flow-tilstanden er pointen med det hele, med hver eneste blyant-streg. Det er i den tilstand, universet taler til os. Det er den bedste form for meditation, jeg kender, og jeg tøver ikke med at kalde det en spirituel oplevelse. Jeg kan ikke anbefale det varmt nok.” 
  

Hvornår vidste du, at dit kunstneriske virke var noget, du skulle kigge nærmere på? 
”Det har jeg altid vidst. Måske havde jeg ikke ligefrem formuleret det for mig selv endnu, da jeg var to, men kursen var vist sat rimeligt skarpt, fra jeg var fire år gammel. Jeg tilbragte hele min barndom i en sky af kunstproduktion. Jeg tegnede og skrev historier og digte og lavede tegneserier og skrev radioføljetoner og teaterstykker og lavede hundredvis af kollager, og der var ingen i familien, der kunne have fødselsdag, uden at jeg skrev to digte til lejligheden og udgav dem i små dekorerede foldere på eget forlag.  
Jeg fandt for nylig en tegneblok fyldt med tegninger, jeg havde lavet, da jeg var 8, og udover en masse tegninger inspireret af tegnefilm som Abekongen og Løven, Heksen og Garderobeskabet, var der en hel serie, hvor jeg tydeligvis eksperimenterer med at tegne ting, som de ser ud set gennem et mikroskop. Det er nogle meget psykedeliske, farvestrålende tegninger. Det var vildt for mig at genopdage, at ret mange af de ting, jeg eksperimenterer med i mine tegninger i dag, havde jeg allerede gang i som 8-årig. Jeg har bare fået en mere præcis streg.” 
 

Er der nogle kunstnere som inspirerer dig og hvorfor? 
”Jeg bliver mest inspireret af musik og litteratur. Klog science fiction og bevidsthedsudvidende mystiker-poesi og psykedelisk trance og store, sørgelige, klassiske symfonier. Shakespeare, William Gibson, David Mitchell, Douglas Adams, Aldous Huxley og andre kosmiske klogskabs-poeter af samme skole, der rent faktisk skriver om eksistensen som det vilde, gigantiske, spirituelle mysterium, det er. Når det kommer til billedkunst, skal det helst være så psykedelisk og detaljeret som muligt. Julie Nord lavede nogle viiiilde ting op gennem 00erne; det gør hun sikkert stadig. Jeg bliver mest inspireret af kunstnere, der virkelig mestrer en teknik og får mig til at tænke ”Uiiij, det er godt lavet, hvordan mon de har gjort…” Den farvestrålende kunst, man ser på psykedeliske trancefestivaler rundt omkring i Europa, er også voldsomt inspirerende. Jeg kan godt lide malerier, der ligner musik, og jeg kan godt lide musik, der lyder som landskaber. Der må også godt lige være et drys aliens indover.” 

Hvad vil du gerne have, at folk får ud af dine værker?  
“Jeg kan godt lide, når folk reagerer meget entusiastisk på farverne og bevægelserne og siger, at de kommer i godt humør af billederne. Men der var også en, der begyndte at græde over Reconnecting with the Master Magicians. Det er jo det bedste, hvis de kan grave ind i folks undertrykte følelser på den måde, ligesom musik.”

Læs hele interviewet her: Mød kunstneren – Christina Majcher

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85 hours of blissful work is done: The Garden

My newest hand-drawn piece is done and can now be ordered as print.

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The Garden. 61 x 84 cm. (White border 2,5 – 4 cm). Colored pencil and ink on paper. Limited edition print. Signed.

The Garden is my most time-consuming piece so far, but also my most joyful creation yet.

I drew the original as a birthday present for my mother, and it took me 85 hours to complete. The first 10 hours was hard work, with lots of doubt and resketching and planning and replanning… There is so much white paper in the beginning, so many choices and what ifs.

But then, things take shape and start growing by themselves, and the following 75 hours were just pure fun and bliss and carefree experimentation. And then, after 85 hours of deep diving, The Garden was done. Some parts of it were exactly as I planned, others completely different. Like life. Congrats, mum.

You can buy limited edition prints at my shopify page.

For framed version or other requests, get in touch directly at christina@majcher.dk.

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This is what the work process looked like about 7 hours before finishing The Garden.
Drawing with pen on white paper this late in the process is a thrilling experience. Mistakes are obviously not an option. 🙂

Why games journalism and travel journalism is the same thing

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I have been working as a games journalist and a travel journalist in 15 years, and to me, it’s the same thing in so many ways. I visit a new and unknown area, I explore the landscapes and I write back about my findings and experiences. If I’m excited about where I have been, readers will probably feel like going, too. (And even if they don’t want to go themselves (or can’t), they will hopefully enjoy reading about my explorations anyway).

I have just spent most of the week at GamesCom in Cologne, and when I need a break from the noisy halls, I do what I always do: I go for very long walks, exploring areas of the city I haven’t seen yet. This brings me to some pretty remarkable places sometimes.

And one of the many, many things I love about this life as an explorer of both the digital and the physical worlds is that now, today, it will be difficult for most people to see if this picture is one I took with my iPhone while exploring Neuehrenfeld – or if it’s a screenshot from the new Fallout 5. I love that.

(But yeah. It’s from one of my walks. Arriving at Odonien in Neuehrenfeld).

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When Something Comes Along Something Else Comes Along

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I drew this as a cover for the track “When Something Comes Along Something Else Comes Along” by Al Lindrum: Here’s the track on soundcloud.

Hand-drawn. Colored pencil on paper. Sold as print. Limited edition. Signed. 30 cm x 30 cm. Completed on the day of the release, on May 26th 2017.

You can buy the print right here: https://chriszka.myshopify.com

For a framed (and signed) edition or other enquiries, contact me on christina@majcher.dk.

Reconnecting with the Master Magicians

My newest hand-drawn piece is done and can now be ordered as print.

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Reconnecting with the Master Magicians. 68 x 92 cm.

80 hours of blissful work went into this piece. Drawing by hand is just the best pathway to some intense meditative focus. I simply can’t recommend it enough. It’s quality offline time for your brain!

See more of my artwork and prints on sale in the shop: chriszka.myshopify.com

Get in touch for collaborations or commissions at hello@chriszka.dk.

Reconnecting with the Master Magicians is pretty difficult to photograph in its entirety, but here are some shots of the piece:

Closeups of the cogwheels:

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Close-up of the right hand:

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The entire piece:

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Order your print here: Reconnecting with the Master Magicians on Shopify.

“CounterStrike is a bit like chess”

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The Danish CounterStrike team Astralis just won the world championships (or an equivalent).

I spoke to Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz right after the final – on the phone directly from Atlanta. “CounterStrike is a bit like chess”, he said. Amongst other things.

You can google translate the article here: Danish team has won the world championships in CounterStrike

The art of dying in virtual reality

The most scary thing I have ever tried in virtual reality was a ski jump. Whauw, that felt so real.

Virtual reality is an amazing tool for exploring your phobias, but the technology can also be used for many other things. The hyper focus of the VR headsets can be very useful for exploring meditation and altered states of consciousness. So I was very curious when Makropol invited me to experience their virtual reality installation Doom Room: a trip through the moment of death and a tour of the afterlife hallucinations.

So, was it a cosmic experience or what? Well: I have written about the virtual reality ceremony in Weekendavisen today. The experience is open for the public this weekend and the next at the Chateau motel nightclub.

Jungle Confessions: The 24th Surprise

As you all know, the JUngLE Calendar likes the dark arts of number magic, and that’s why you could read the interview with dj Drop on day 4 (because of his birthday date on the 4th), and me on day 3,  for instance.

And so, as I was searching for a possible main character for the interview on day 24, it turned out that a surprisingly large number of JUngLE Calendar Stars celebrate their birthdays on the 24th of the month.

IS THAT A COINCIDENCE?! You know it can’t be.

In case you need proof, here we go:
The 24th Surprise is the case for Garridge Bwoy:

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And for Sofia:

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And for Evil Economist:

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And for the Discoshaman:

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And for the one like CRS:Skærmbillede 2016-12-24 kl. 10.58.32.png

 

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And for Mariii the Jungle Monster:

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And for Alex:
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And for Donna:

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And for PZ:
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And for Lucy Love:
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And for Luis:

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Luis babyfacin’ at Nadsat.

And the artist formerly known as Tom Collins:

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A beautiful moment caught by jonask.dk

And last but not least: for the one like Mugge.

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You think it’s STRANGE AND ODD with all these “Day 24” people? You don’t say.

So a choice had to be made, and the magical dice decided on MUGGE. A raver recognized by his unmistakable enthusiasm and his Adidas hat, filled with jungle voices that he has to obey.

Little known to many, however, Mugge has a secret superhero identity where he spends his nights and days catching evil darkside monsters, rendering them harmless before they attack us.

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Scary monsters live right next to our houses, just waiting for the right moment to attack and annihilate us.

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I mean, seriously, jeeeeeeeeez. THE HORROR!

So, Mugge, what’s with all the darkside fish?
“I go fishing once or twice a week. I love it. The rush I get at the alarm from the bite indicator… It’s an awesome feeling. I go fishing at put’n’takes, like Ørsted and Poppelsøen, for instance.”

So put’n’takes, that means you put them back out, right? How long can you keep them out of the water?
“4 or 5 minutes. After a little while, they just calm down and relax. And after the photo we just put them back out. I go for carps and sturgeons. The giant ones are sturgeons. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to land one after the alarm, sometimes 3. I started fishing when I was in school, so it must have been in the 80s. It’s my favourite hobby. There’s fishing and raving.  Raving took over for a while in the 90s. But then you get kids and a family and the fishing moved up a notch. But if I have to choose between a jungle party and a fishing trip, I will choose jungle. The jungle parties happen so rarely now.”

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Mugge The Predator sometimes eats what he hunts.

When did you become a junglist?
“I started out with acid and then I moved onto jungle. So it goes back to around ’91. My first jungle party was one Nis did somewhere by Loppen I think. The second on was the one at Rugbyklubben. And I just thought this is the best! It just totally hit me in the right spot.”

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Looking fresh at Club Labyrinth in London.

Why do you love jungle?
“The drums, the bass, the vibe, the people. Raving, dancing. Just being able to go mental without giving a toss about what anyone is thinking.”

Did you see that you’re in the video of ”Blæst Igen” by 2000F?
“Yes, that’s legendary, being in a music video”.

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How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“I have been playing jungle tapes for lots of people and bringing them to parties. Everyone I know are getting kind of old now, but I’m bringing a colleague to the next All Jungle. He has never been to a jungle party before. He’s gonna have the best time.” 

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Mugge showing his enthusiasm at All Jungle.


What’s your favourit tune?

“I never really remember the name of tracks. But everything from 1993 to 1995. Those are legendary years. But that 31 seconds one would be one of them.”


What’s the best thing that happened this year?

“The All Jungle party where all the junglists could meet up once again. Best thing this year for sure! Epic night. Just epic. I thought ”well, there’s probably gonna be like 100 people or something” and then it was just PACKED! From the beginning! And people were really going for it. I can’t describe the feeling it gave me.”
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What’s your best party moment ever?
There are so many. But I really remember that party in The Grey Hall where the stage was built like a massive castle and you and me and Rudkjøbing were dancing on top of one of the towers, going mental. I will never ever forget that. It’s edged into my brain forever.

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Mugge obeying the voices inside his Adidas Raver Hat at Pandemonium, Huset, april 1997.

If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
I would jump straight into a phone booth and fly directly to World Dance in 1993/1994. Have you seen the videos?! It looks too mad. The tracks they play… It’s crazy. I saw the video at Nis’ flat and I watch it often on youtube, still.

What have you learnt this year?
To enjoy life. Appreciating every day where you wake up alive and healthy.

On that note, I think this would be a good tune to wrap this up with. It’s very Christmassy, too:


Thanks, Mugge, and Merry Christmas!


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And that’s it, everyone! Merry Christmas and enjoy your JUngLE festivities!

If you feel inspired by Mugge’s heroic endeavors, refresh your knowledge of the darkside by diving into my collection of The 13 best darkside jungle tunes ever.


Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Scroll through all three seasons here: JUngLEkalenderen