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H. R. Giger - "Art in Motion"

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Now with 55% more moving alien phallus! And kinky cyborg stuff.

 

Cool. This was cool.

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Back in November I watched it while on psilocybin and it had a pretty dramatic impact on the rest of the day. The video had a far darker quality to it than in previous viewings, with each element of each scene breaking off into fractals. For about two hours afterward there were orgiastic, cybernetic organs that seemed to be both in the mind and covering different surfaces in the house. There was no meaningful distinction between "reality" and Giger's world, and the macabre nature of the experience, months later, elicited an erotic reaction to viewing one of his books. Since then I've had an even deeper connection to his work.

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The erotomechanicus stuffs a bit heavy, but Gigar was a bit of a nut, a talented one, whose art work was really before his time, I have a book that covers his art work from alien, I can post some pictures if anyone is interested.

 

I'm glad its early and I watched that.

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One of the most talented artists ever to live. His work was beyond anything I and many others had ever seen or even conceived. I still wish Ibanez made the Geiger Guitars :(

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There's not much I can say that the rest of you haven't already said, with one exception. 

 

Is it me or do you find the environments depicted as oddly peaceful, despite the tone of hostility just under the surface? I feel like I would enjoy spending time in that field of flesh or biomechanical city. There's something maternal and comforting about that fleshscape that beckons back to the womb. 

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10 hours ago, Liberation said:

The erotomechanicus stuffs a bit heavy, but Gigar was a bit of a nut, a talented one, whose art work was really before his time, I have a book that covers his art work from alien, I can post some pictures if anyone is interested.

I've been at his Q&A when he was opening an exhibition in Prague and he seemed very down to earth and "normal" to me. The darkness and, um, perversion had to manifest from something inside that he channeled for creation. I most vividly recall his surprise and amusement when a group of tattoo artists started telling him how much he influenced their repertoire and how popular it is, like he wouldn't believe people would put that permanently on their skin.

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4 hours ago, Job said:

There's not much I can say that the rest of you haven't already said, with one exception. 

 

Is it me or do you find the environments depicted as oddly peaceful, despite the tone of hostility just under the surface? I feel like I would enjoy spending time in that field of flesh or biomechanical city. There's something maternal and comforting about that fleshscape that beckons back to the womb. 

Giger deals with contrasting extremes. His work is all at once beautiful and hideous, hostile and peaceful, erotic and repugnant. In particular, his tendencies toward sexual imagery seem to reveal our taboos about sex. Although he (quite ironically) only deals with vanilla behavior, his depictions of commonplace activity—fellatio, masturbation and vaginal penetration—only feel inappropriate or pornographic because, despite the biomechanical nature of his work, and occasionally violent use of metaphor, as seen his his paintings of women fellating shotguns, we almost immediately see our own desires in his work, which forces us to confront what sexuality means to us.

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2 hours ago, GoatLord said:

Giger deals with contrasting extremes. His work is all at once beautiful and hideous, hostile and peaceful, erotic and repugnant. In particular, his tendencies toward sexual imagery seem to reveal our taboos about sex. Although he (quite ironically) only deals with vanilla behavior, his depictions of commonplace activity—fellatio, masturbation and vaginal penetration—only feel inappropriate or pornographic because, despite the biomechanical nature of his work, and occasionally violent use of metaphor, as seen his his paintings of women fellating shotguns, we almost immediately see our own desires in his work, which forces us to confront what sexuality means to us.

There was a really good documentary about Giger on Netflix awhile back. It was completed around the time of his passing, but was very illuminating. 

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Wonderful! Thank you for sharing~ I am a major Giger fan and seeing it all in motion was captivating...not to mention the music to go with it- I love that kind of atmospheric synth stuff! :D Whoo!

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The documentary is called "Dark Star" and I was lucky enough to see it in theater. It didn't reveal as much about the psychology of his work as I would have liked, but it was a terrific film. Celtic Frost's Tom G. Warrior, who was friends with Giger, makes a noteworthy appearance and the reverence he has for the man's work is heartwarming.

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