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CHAT: Giger (wasRe: this is what I got in the mail)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 18, 2003, 7:18
In a message dated 2003:03:16 02.43.07 PM, scaves@FRONTIERNET.NET writes:

>To what extent has Giger put a "copyright" on >his STYLE of painting? I wondered about that; if some science fiction >film producer were to hire someone who was NOT Giger to design a space ship >or a monster--the metallic and the organic meshing, the long-headed aliens, >the sexual/mechanical imagery, the joints that look like backbones, the same >coloring and painterly techniques--could Giger sue? Perhaps it's a matter >of how well-known you are, and how much opprobrium accrues to the obvious >plagiarist.
In a message dated 2003:03:16 03.24.31 PM, cowan@MERCURY.CCIL.ORG writes:
>He can't. Style is not fixed in a tangible medium, even though the >paintings that express that style are.
Being quite familiar with the "body modification" subculture, I have seen many "BioMech(anical)"-style tattoos that are totally inspired by Giger (and, to a lesser extent, French comicbook artist Moebius). I have also seen a well-done combination of tattooing and subdermal implanting based on Giger (the subdermal implants accenting the 3D-ness of the tattooing). Hehe, I believe you may literally see more than you reaaallly ever want to by simply using Google's advance search option using the keyphrase "body modification" and keywords "Giger," "BioMech," "implants," etc.. CAUTION: if you have a weak stomach, easily have nightmares &/or have children nearby, please exercise extreme discretion. Hanuman Zhang, _Gomi no sensei_ [Master of junk] & Gatherer of Extremely Enlightening Knowledge (or GEEK, for short ;) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ --------- "To live is to scrounge, taking what you can in order to survive. So, since living is scrounging, the result of our efforts is to amass a pile of rubbish." - Chuang Tzu/Zhuangzi, China, 4th Century BCE "The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." - Heraclitus, Greece, 5th Century BCE Ars imitatur Naturam in sua operatione. [Latin > "Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation."] "The usefulness of the useless is good news for artists, for art serves no useful purpose. It has to do with changing minds and spirits." - John Cage "We do not make art to say what it is, we make art to ask, 'WHAT IS IT?????'' - Robert Wilson " jinsei to iu mono wa, kichou na geijyutsu to ieru deshou " [Japanese > "one can probably say that 'life' is a precious artform"] -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.1 GFA/H/L/MC/MU/SS d--- s: a39 C++ U? P L- E-- W N-- o-- K--- w--- O-- M+ V-- PS+++ PE Y+ PGP-- t-- 5++ X+ R- /R* tv+ b++++ DI-- D-- G e++ h* r y++** ------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------


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