HYPERland: A Colourful Miniature World by Karine Giboulo

The installation HYPERland, by Karine Giboulo, uses polymer clay sculptures and other materials to create a miniature world that shows some problems of global society in an amusing way.

HYPERland 0-1 - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

HYPERland 0-1

The main sculpture in the installation is called HYPERland 0-1 (its name a nod to both binary code and the battles between the haves and have-nots or differing ideologies). It consists of shadowbox-like cubes, with some sides grey and others of clear plexiglass, which are stacked in several layers. This becomes a “hyper building” that has all the things found in a city, with the uppermost section a kind of utopian paradise filled with rainbows, untarnished environments, and majestic creatures. This central sculpture is surrounded in the exhibit by several smaller scenes.

HYPERland deals with the extremes and excesses of our modern world, targeting issues such as shanty towns, sweatshops, immigrants and refugees, digital technology, pollution, the economy, healthcare, and more.

But despite illustrating such serious problems, the pieces are cute and have a distinctive, almost caricature-like style. They also feature humorous situations. Many of the pieces show odd interactions between people and animals, which act as a comment on the way nature is destroyed by industrialization, and yet commercial goods are often marketed as “natural” and “green.”

In Bull Run, the bull — as a symbol of the stock markets and financial world — is behind an unaware businessman and appears poised to chase and attack him. A group of campers sits around a fire, while all types of forest animals gather behind them, some ready to steal their food, in Camping Woodland.

Savage Beauty (self-portrait) shows a tourist wearing a zebra-striped outfit, taking a picture of a zebra. Killer Whale has an orca jumping up with a bunch of balloons on its head, with a raft full of onlookers watching — but the water they’re in is filled with debris and litter.

Bull Run  - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Bull Run

 

Camping Woodland  - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Camping Woodland

 

Homeland Security - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Homeland Security

 

Savage Beauty (self-portrait) - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Savage Beauty (self-portrait)

 

HYPERland 0-1 - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

HYPERland 0-1

 

HYPERland 0-1 - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

HYPERland 0-1

 

Pain Killer  - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Pain Killer

 

HYPERland 0-1 - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

HYPERland 0-1

 

Killer Whale - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Killer Whale

 

Northern Plan - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Northern Plan

 

Berthe Aline  - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

Berthe Aline

 

HYPERland 0-1 - HYPERland - Sculpture Installation by Karine Giboulo

HYPERland 0-1

Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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