April 2015

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Thursday 30th April 2015
1) Updated Alternate Fifield Mutant with information fro m "The Art of Film Magic, 20 Years of Weta". Unfortunately it doesn't give any feeling still that there was some deep dark concept behind it that one would expect within the Alien production that might unveil something new decades later.
2) Updated The Derelict's Interior slightly, basically making that jump there in the attempt to understand the derelict's interior that despite what it looked like in the Alien edition of Cinefantastique, with Giger thinking about the derelict and the silo's relationship and how it was like the spaceship landing on an ant hill and the ants have eaten their way through it eating their way through the ship and then in another thought, it's insects again but as with termites in the walls of a house, it was perhaps merely a way for him to explain what was going on and it could easily change just to fit what he was working on in the movie rather than anything particularly definite. Perhaps there is a cloud over the whole issue of really expecting Giger to have had a full explanation of what was going on because it was a case of making something out of ideas thrown together due to lack of time and budget rather than anything such as something as a sacred mystery, but seeing the way that ideas can occur and the need to explain things as seen in films, it takes on a life of its own but it was beyond Giger to have the full story. You can not really say why the alien nest had the same architecture as the derelict ship but that was Giger's style of art and if Giger hadn't been asked to design the derelict ship and its pilot by Ridley Scott and the producers, this question  about the relationship between the silo and the ship would never have been asked, and then you can not expect the fans of the film to not want to think about it and whatever else it could lead to. 

Sunday 26th April 2015
1) Added ' Did Francisco Goya's "Subir y bajar" inspire Salvador Dali's  "Soft Construction With Boiled Beans (Premonition of civil war) ?' and this in turn was Giger's introduction to the world of Salvador Dali's paintings.
2) Added Inspiration from Dali for Necronom V 

Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Added Giger's Landschaft XXXI (work 273)

Tuesday 21st April 2015
Added a page Aztec architecture influenced by alien Predators to offer comparison between Predator 2 ship interior patterns and Aztec sculptural patterns as realised by Paul Anderson when he made Alien vs Predator. To some extent it might all seem silly but still it was an idea that Paul Anderson was having.

Sunday 19th April 2015
1) I have taken down the pages showing separated stills from Charles Lippincott's Alien contact photosheets since he mentioned his concern about this happening.
2) Removed all of Alien contact sheets shared by Charles Lippincott. I hope that he manages to release a decent book full of these images.

Saturday 18th April 2015
1) Added exploration of HR Giger's painting Biomechanical Landscape (work 413) (1979)
2) Added two other images to Gigers Alien I Facehugger Version IV of what seem to be Giger's Alien Facehugger triptych which seems to have slight alterations made that haven't been pointed out by anyone before.

Friday 17th April 2015
1) Did some exploring of the Giger painting National Park from 1975. This was a painting that inspired Ridley Scott with ideas for a couple of storyboard images. However I can't claim to have found anything specific other thank just taken note of various details, and some time ago I had the realisation that the painting may have been inspired by the painter known as  Dado whose work Giger greatly admired

Wednesday 15th April 2015
1) Added a link page for articles dealing with Roger Dicken linked from the name page
2) Added images of Ridley Scott "ridleygramming" at Roger Dicken's house to Ridleygrams
3) Added other early Roger Dicken chestburster maquette images to After A New Chestburster Design

Saturday 11th April 2015
1) Updated Alien: Inspiration from Shivers with a quote from Collider and at present, it does seem like a confusing argument. If Dan O'Bannon had seen Shivers and found inspiration from it, there are other sources for inspiration.
2) Added Alien: Inspired by Philip José Farmer's "Strange Relations"?. looking at the idea for the purpose of the facehugger came this story.  (I included the subject a few years ago but it somehow got lost from the blog.)
Friday 10th April 2015
1) Created a page to link up everything to do with Bolaji Badejo 
2) Further editing of Bolaji Badejo from the Gold Coast

Thursday 9th April 2015
1) Updated Bolaji Badejo from the Gold Coast with information from Neon magazine that just gives a further picture of the moment when Ridley first met Bolaji from Gordon Carroll's point of view.
2) Added  Moebius' concept art for Nostromo crew's space suits and outfits
3) Re-Edited Jean Giraud/ Moebius

Wednesday 8th April 2015
Continuing to re-edit Giger's Passage Temple Entrance (1975)Biomechanisation of the Fisher Price Cot Activity Centre ?

Saturday 4th April 2015
1) Updated  J G Ballard on Alien with information about how he was writing the novel Hello America at the time of the production of Alien
2) Added possible inspiration behind Giger's Passage Temple Entrance (1975)Biomechanisation of theFisher Price Cot Activity Centre ?

Friday 3rd April 2015
Added interpretation of Giger's Mordor iv work 280, (1975)

Thursday 2nd April 2015
1) Added more to  Alien: Sigourney Weaver cast as Ripley with details from the Alien Saga documentary.
2) Added details to Alien:Bolaji Badejo from Gold Coast from the Alien Saga documentary
3) Added details to Alien: Designing the derelict ship exterior from a 1979 Alien featurette on the Alien Saga DVD.

Wednesday 1st April 2015
1) Added more to Sigourney Weaver cast as Ripley with details from Danny Peary interview with her in Omni: Screen flights/ Screen Fantasies and Photoplay
2)  Added information from Danny Peary interview with Sigourney Weaver in Omni: Screen flights/ Screen Fantasies about how Sigourney Weaver would liked to have played Lambert to Veronica Cartwright cast as Lambert

Alien: Inspiration for Space Jockey
platform from Giger's Necronomicon

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Giger's Witches Dance (work 341)
Two dancing witches either side of a urinal on a circular platform, they travel around with wheels connected to the ankles of each one's visible leg that enables them to travel around  the circular ribbed grooves of the platform. Both the witches have fan like biomechanic head dresses. After years of looking at the painting, on April 28th 2015, it occurrs to me that we have the ingredients to come  together to form the space jockey platform, with the circular base and the fan like structures merging together

(Image source: http://imgkid.com/)
circular platform with vertical structure, detail from HR Giger's Witches Dance (work 341)
biomechanoid fan structure ( detail from Witches Dance (work 341))
biomechanoid fan structure ( detail from Witches Dance (work 341))

Inspiration from Dali for Necronom V

Salvador Dali's "soft construction with boiled beans (premonition of civil war)" (1936)

a) Giger's introduction to Dali was through seeing a postcard of "soft construction with boiled beans (premonition of civil war)" when he was fourteen years of age. (See: Giger on Dali)


b) It shows something near enough the lower part of a human body  stretched across the lower half of the painting incorporating human buttocks and an upper leg, ending in a hand and sprouting an arm raised upwards that ends in a hand holding the elongated breast of a crone like character who has no lower body but perhaps an leg like limb in place of an arm that stands upon the buttock part of the main body part at the lower half of the picture. And this painting so I have discovered appears to have been inspired by the work of Goya. (See: Goya's "Subir y bajar" inspired Salvador Dali's "Soft construction with boiled beans (premonition of civil war) ?")

 Giger's Necronom V

c) Giger came to create Necronom V in 1976. We see upper part of the picture a semi humanoid figure with perhaps no proper lower body, although it may be argued that it has become a tusk like shape penetrating the upper torso of the main figure. Along the bottom of the the painting, we see pipe like trunk of a structure with a semi humanoid head at the end of the raised tip and this is being ridden by the human figure in the centre as if it were a bike. It appeared as if he were incorporating elements from the Pakal Votan Tomb Lid into the picture as well as perhaps slight elements from the Henu Barque into the upper figure as well in that it has a horned skull like head along an upper body slightly suggestive of a boat shape that would lead to the development of the space jockey that took a more direct connection with the Henu Barque

The origins of Necronom V

Goya illustrations
inspired Salvador Dali's
"Soft construction with boiled beans
(premonition of civil war) " ?

Salvador Dali's "soft construction with boiled beans (premonition of civil war)" (1936)
a) First revelation at the Courtauld Gallery

On the 25th of April, 2015, went to the Goya's "the Witches and Old Women Album" at the Courtauld gallery in London, and suddenly noticed the drawing  "Subir y bajar" inspired Dali's "soft construction with boiled beans (premonition of civil war)". I thought that perhaps there were some other details in that certain album that inspired this painting of Dali's.

compare the two!

b) To Rise And Fall (Subir y bajar.)

"Plate 56 of the 'Caprichos' prints, 1797-98 from the first edition (trial proof), 1799. Etching and burnished aquatint. Two figures tumble from a great height while another is hoisted up by a huge, laughing satyr, a symbol of lust. The triumphant , grinning figure may be a reference to Manuel Godoy, the Queen's lover, whose meteoric rise to power was followed by an abrupt fall from grace in 1798, when Goya was working on the 'Caprichose etchings." (Information on wall at the Goya's "the Witches and Old Women Album" at the Courtauld gallery in London)
To Rise and Fall/ "Subir y bajar"

c) Mapping the transformation

i) The satyr's lit knee lends itself as a starting point for the buttocks in Dali's painting, before being transformed by elements from other works by Goya as explored below. It holds onto the legs of the woman standing above and inspires the way the hand holds the woman's breast, and perhaps the satyr's head transformeds into the large grotesque hand.  Before the satyr, someone has his legs and rear in the air which becomes a starting point for where Dali places the large hand in the lower left of the painting The tuft of hair held by the woman's hand on the left inspire the splayed out toes on the end of the foot standing on the buttocks

ii) The upper part of the lower leg standing upon the buttocks seems inspired by the form of the Satyr's foot held in the air in "Subir y bajar" as seen further above while in that picture the arm of the inverted person floating into the distance becomes the lower part of that leg, and it also might have inspired the stretched foot standing upon the buttocks, just as the position of the satyr's foot reversed may have inspired the extended oddity of the foot supporting the buttocks beneath.

satyr's foot with inverted man
in the distance from To Rise and Fall/ "Subir y bajar"

leg detail from
Salvador Dali's "soft construction with 

boiled beans (premonition of civil war)"

d) Quéjate al tiempo

other drawing that that I noticed on that day at the Courtauld Gallery from the collection that possibly entered into the painting was  Quéjate al tiempo (Accuse the Time) that I think informed Dali with ideas for the upper body and head of this character. This illustration was started in 1802 and finished a decade later.  However her arm on the left becomes transformed into an elongated breast being held by a hand, perhaps partially inspired by her own hand positioned there merged with the Satyr's hand holding a leg in "Subir y bajar" and the general form of its head,. The form of the dress spread out up to the hand also inspires the form of the arm reaching out to squeeze the breast. The arm on the right becomes transformed into the upper part of a bent leg. Her head is similar enough to be the source of the one in the painting and where the hand is held behind the head becomes the hair hanging from the back of the head in Dali's painting.
compare the details!

Quéjate al tiempo (Accuse the Time)

e) Goya's "Todos caerán"
(All Will Fall) inspired the buttocks?

i) On the 12th of October 2015, Christian De Boeck shared an album with some Goya etchings on his Facebook page from the Gallica Facebook page and I made another connection. Compare the buttocks from Soft Constructon With Boiled Beans ( Premonition of a Civil War) painting with the plucked harpy in the lower right from Goya's 1799 etching "Todos caerán"("All Will Fall "), another from the Los Caprichos series, no.19.  

ii) Notice the position of the humerus part of the wing in Goya's etching and the line of the fracture along the upper right of the buttocks. The position of the fracture also loosely ties in with the place of the shadow on the knee if the satyr in "Subir y bajar" which also ties in with the ideas behind the buttocks formation.

Goya's All Will Fall from the Los Caprichos
f) Goya's "Unos á otros" also inspire the shape of the buttocks in Dali's painting

i.) On the 13th of October 2015, Goya's "Unos á otros" from the Los Caprichos series (No.77) shows people playing toreador, the part of the image showing the boy holding the padded shape representing the bull in a reversed form lends its shape to the harpy transformed into buttocks and so the head of the harpy becomes a featureless boiled bean like lump, the boy's arm, legs and behind become transformed into the foot and ankle supporting the buttocks. 

ii.) One might take note of the spears in Goya's image and perhaps think that Dali took some interest, and so the leg standing upon the buttocks in his painting is partially as thin as a stick. and one might also merge this with the tree trunk from "All will fall".  Also it merges with what was discovered about the satyr's raised foot with inverted man in the distance as seen in the picture To Rise and Fall/ "Subir y bajar".

 Goya's  "Unos á otros" from the Los Caprichos series (No.77)

g) See the Caprichos Prints as displayed on Wikipedia

Landschaft XXXI (work 273)

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Landschaft XXXI  (work 273) (1975)

  1. Landschaft XXXI began as two skeletal faces either side of the image with a knotted hollow  in between them. The face on the left had a long beak nose and the face on right was perhaps nothing more than a suggestion of a skull with an eye socket. The shapes of the skulls became broken up with smaller impressions of faces and soon the whole painting became a mass of snaking forms, goat head, bird beaks, and mammorh trunk and tusk like shapes, perhaps almost stuck in some form of tar pit all slowly fossilising away. He was filmed during the time that he painted this and so the clip was shown in the film Giger's Necronomicon
  2. One might say it was a relative to the Passage Temple Entrance done earlier that year in 1975

hr giger's biomechanical landscape (work 413), 1979

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HR Giger's biomechanical landscape (work 413) (1979)
1) It looks to me like a world of people going about their business in day to day life in Giger's world of biomechanical beings that have transformed into more Lovecraftian monstrosities, long snouted entitied and shadowy humanoids, perhaps also drifting back and forth like a shoal of sea horses. Only several paintings earlier he was painting pictures with titles directly referencing Lovecraft (Lovecraft and his Pets, work 400 (1978), and Lovecraft's visit, work 401(1978). This would have been at the time when Mia Bonzanigo was his partner and often sitting with him as he painted. (Saturday 18th of April)

Shoal of seahorses (http://allthingsoceanandmarinelife.blogspot.co.uk/)

2) Potential sneezing gnomes
Every time I look at this picture at the bottom I think I see a bulbous headed gnome like being with a face that looks vague like HR Giger's and a piece of intestine coming down in front of his face becomes a handkerchief to sneeze into and either side of him are some other faces with streams of mucus ejecting from their nostrils. If they are there, then Giger painted them in and then buried them beneath the biomechanics. There appear to be a host of bloated goblins and other unnameable creatures coughing and sneezing away in such paintings as Mordor V (1975) and Mordor XII (1976) and there is the story that Mia Bonzanigo told about Giger having painted a picture of a gnome sneezing in the painting because he himself had a cold at the time (See Alien Makers VI (Saturday 18th of April)

central sneezer with intestinal handkerchief
humanoid face with tentacle of mucus flowing out of nostril
face looking downwards with potential stream of nasal mucus being ejected
3) Mutant thing with cuddly toy?
A strange beaked almost avian demonic thing with a beak and a curling tail holds in its arm perhaps a cuddly toy animal with eye patches of a panda. (Saturday 18th of April)

Strange beaked mutant with tail
Panda toy like face. Perhaps a dog?

H R Giger's National Park

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still collating

Giger's painting "National Park" from 1975.
(Possibly loosely inspired by the works of Miodrag Đurić / "Dado")

a) Mutating Spectres of the National Park
On April 17th 2015, I looked at National Park, and absorbed the fact that we find we find spectral bird like heads, humanoid skulls some of which are swollen. Mutant animals are to be found integrated into the environment. And of course most of the things found are connected together by snaking. Perhaps the whole structure of the painting is suggestive of the curvature of woman's upper body as seen from the back with an open back to her dress and the metal bands at the bottom for the shape of her bottom perhaps as a more abstract version of what he was doing with Teuflischer Diskurs (work 330) in the following year of 1976

spectral birds with the back of their heads transforming into faces
b) Mutated Safari Hunter
To the far left, a humanoid thing with a shot gun mounted on his shoulder aimed at the back of the head of the three eyed humanoid and further up there is to be found a near formless six eyed humanoid. Perhaps humanoid gun holder from Giger's 1976 work Safari (305a) which features a mutant humanoid with shot gun and another human growing out of his back who wears an ancient helmet with a noseguard, has had a part of him cloned and grown into an almost similar mutant that has been transplanted into this park to go hunting. Another point to notice is that the hunter from Safari with its two heads displays three eyes while the victim here has three eyes but on one head (17th April 2015)

Detail showing a character with shotgun mounted on shoulder aimed at three
 eyed humanoid, and also Giger; Safari work,  305a (mutant armed with gun)

Safari work,  305a (mutant armed with gun)

c) Humanoid with body made from vagina beans
On 17th April 2015, I explore how to the left at the top, a humanoid face with eyes hidden beneath a helmet and a pipe grows from his chin, then it is as if the head forms the beginning of a vertical row of objects going down that resembled bean like forms with vaginas leading down to a half formed body of a pig like creature with human buttocks but no head obvious head. An enclosure is formed by the metal barrier at the base of the painting.

head with domed crash helmet
leading to bean like forms with vaginas

d) See Face mutating into bird skull by way of Salvador Dali

distorted face transforming into bird skull

Dado and Giger skulls still with eyes
f) Elements comparable to Ernst Fuchs "Triumph Of The Sphinx"

Ernst Fuchs' "Triumph of the Sphinx"

g) Comparisons to the Human Uterus


h) Rollercoaster ride
On the 5th of November 2015, I come to terms with the possibility that that Giger has turned  the human uterus into a rollercoaster ride at a funfair, with all these strange ridges beckoning to be transformed into the track of something like a rollercoaster, with these curving pipes linking heads
i) also see Space Jockey from Alien via Giger's Necrononom pt2


much clearer version of Giger's painting "National Park" from 1975.