Olivier Kosta-Théfaine’s Pyromania

Olivier Kosta-Théfaine: Monde Sauvage from Raphael on Vimeo.

I’ve always considered myself to be a bit of Pyromaniac. Fire is element that has always managed to catch my attention. Whether it be in photography or film, I’ve always been fascinated with it. But don’t worry, I can assure you that I don’t have a long history of burning down houses or setting myself alight behind me. French artist and fellow Pyromaniac Olivier Kosta-Théfaine on the other hand has been throwing caution to the wind lately; attacking walls and ceilings with lighters in order to create a number of burning phrases and patterns into ceilings (see the video above). But what on earth is it all for?

On his website it explains

“In each of his interventions, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine plays with the codes and clichés of popular culture. He uses the languages and codes of the city and its suburbs, changing or modifying their original meaning so it can be understood by a broader public. His reflection is essentially based in rehabilitating the, often deconsidered, elements that belong to the city. His fascination for the suburbs has switched to a passion that is essential to his everyday work. The city is his muse, the drive for his artistic inspiration.”

Yeah, I didn’t really get much out that either! But what the hell, it looks pretty cool!