The production of klangstabil’s current release took 4 years to realize, and like its predecessors ‘shadowboy’ constitutes an intimate personal statement. the artificial character ‘shadowboy’ was conceived by boris may as a result of hyper-sensitive environmental stress which he could only find ease from in a deserted forestal ambiance. shadowboys are beings who often stand alone with their thoughts and emotions. although they have some social intelligence, it is difficult for them to get on with an environment which irritates them, like a city. if the environment does not agree with their well-being, their reaction is over-sensitive. hardly ever perceived by other people, they move along social borders or avoid the public in general. they cannot adjust to rules and laws which make no sense for them. actually, everybody could be a shadowboy. or a shadowboy could be hidden in everybody. a kind of backup, a being in the person, a figure that reminds, alarms, awakes and causes double-vision thinking. the boy in oneself.
to assimilate his impressions boris drafted a story which finally became the ‘shadowboy’ book written by german author christian von aster. because of an accident, a 9 year-old boy lives for two years in the woods without parents and any contact with humans, until a group of children from the neighbouring town finds him. the story shows how children manage to come together independently, overcome fear and prejudice, build up trust and become friends. the boy learns again how to speak from the children and they learn everything about life in the woods from him. they all realize that they need each other and that the secret of the boy in the woods has to be protected, because the boy belongs there. the book was intended to be written for children from 9 to 12, but also comfortable to be read on an adult level – an allegory about life and death, growing-up, liberty, and the value of true friendship.
Release-date: 31th October 2013
1 shadowboy – the awakening–
2 pay with friendship–
4 1 of 100–
7 the bottom of your list–
8 end of us