Brighton Racines

Born as the fifth and youngest son of the circus-magician Francis Maria Racines (a.k.a. Francissimo) and the German Soprano Friederike von Hintervorderbach, Brighton grew up in Bayreuth and Aix-En-Provence. By the age of ten years he carved his first wooden rhinoceros and from then on he wanted to become a professional rhinoceros-carver. But at that time (the early eighties) rhinoceros-carver still was not considered a „real job“.

After school he started to study mathematics, because he believed smart people do that. His most spectacular mathematical work was an attempt to prove Fermat’s last theorem by the method known as „proof by authority“. The attempt failed because of his lack of authority. Then he was scooped by Wiles. His colleagues hated him, because he refused to play chess in lunch-breaks. He left mathematics and studied contemporary nonsense in Aix-En-Provence.

After five years of being a lecturer in this subject in Aix-En-Provence he published the textbook „The Absense of Sense“, which today is considered a classic introduction to contemporary nonsense. At a christmas party of the institute he got into a dramatic controversy with the dean on the subject of an Elvis-Presley-song. The quarrel ended with his resignment from the lecturer-position.

Today Brighton Racines lives and works as a free artist, rhinoceros-carver and shepherd in the Black-Forest in the southwest of Germany.

Contact: brighton(dot)racines(at)googlemail(dot)com