Post-Modern Analysis of Hr Gigers "The Birth Machine"

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A Postmodern analysis of

H.R. Giger's: "The Birth Machine"


1. Introduction to Essay: Premodern, Modern and Post Modern Art
2. The Artist, Hans Rudi Giger and "The Birth Machine"
3. "The Birth Machine"
4. Picture: "The Birth Machine"
5. The Philosophical Narrative
a. My chosen philosophical narrative (Postmodernism)
b. Analysis of the piece through postmodernism
6. The Poem: "Der Atom Kinder"
7. Critical Evaluation
8. Conclusion
9. Picture: "Bullet Baby" and "Iron Cast Copy"
10. Bibliography

Premodern, Modern and Postmodern art forms

Various styles of art change and mould to fit the times, as do their artists. It then follows that a number of eras are identifiable in history with the previous style or form of
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The Artist, Hans Rudi Giger and "The Birth Machine"
The Swiss surrealist, Hans Rudi Giger is one of the few artists worldwide who does not and doesn't to sign his works of art. He is considered the modern day master of the macabre and his works are recognisable at first glance.

The motifs of birth, death and sex are the predominant subjects of Giger's art. From the beginning of his career, powerful elements, seemingly inspired by repressed memories of a traumatic birth, appeared from his talented hand. He willingly acknowledges that themes of birth trauma appear in his works.

By 1966 he had begun producing a series of 'shaft' pictures which had their primary origins in dreams. Bottomless shafts, undoubtedly representative of the birth canal, surrounded by a series of steep banister-less stairways the embodying fear and danger predominated these pictures. Other works produced at that time had birth allusions, and included underground cities as well as buried bio-mechanoids. These humanoid beings combined features of humans with mechanical equipment.

Continuing the birth trauma passage theme in his art, Giger later became engrossed with 'passages.' These pictures were the result of a series of dreams. He writes, "in these I usually found myself in a large white room without doors or windows, the only exit a

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