M.S. Bastian, artist and creator of graphic novels, and Isabelle L., artist and graphic designer, have been working together since 2000. One of their collaborative works is "Bastokalypse", a monumental sequence of 32 graphic novels - like black and white paintings that form a continuing image of 43 feet. "Bastokalypse" is a word play derived from the term Apocalypse and M.S. Bastian's surname. The end of the world appears as an artistic motif in all cultures and periods, ancient and modern. The artists amalgamate images inspired by a vast variety of examples from various periods and genres into a figurative-expressive composition of great power. It reflects the horror of the real world as it comes upon us day by day through the media. Astonishing, even amusing scenes stand beside visions of terror. Scenes of creation and construction are followed by devastation and extinction, the underworld by paradise. This publication also includes all 32 completed canvases in a large-size concertina folder of object-like quality. An essay on the Apocalypse as an artistic motif and the reflection of apocalyptic experiences in the history of art and literature is printed on the verso. (taken from http://www.books.ch/detail/ISBN-9783858812964/Bastokalypse)
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.