By Roger Christian
For the 1st time, Oscar-winning creation fashion designer and director Roger Christian finds his existence tale, from his earliest paintings within the British movie to his step forward contributions on such iconic technology fiction masterpieces as big name Wars, Alien and his personal rediscovered Black Angel.
This candid biography delves into his relationships with mythical figures, in addition to the secrets and techniques of his maximum paintings. the fellow who outfitted the lightsaber eventually speaks!
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Critics, academics, pundits etc. use the channels of the media to present their tastes and preferences as the accepted view of what is ‘good art’ and ‘bad art’. There are dangerous liaisons with private or business sponsorships. A national theatre company in the UK was refused much-needed corporate sponsorship for its production of a Jacobean tragedy, ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore, because the corporation did not wish its name to be associated with the word ‘whore’. A private art collector buys up – at huge expense – the early work of new, young and potentially subversive ﬁne artists, turning both art and artist into ‘brands’.
It is important not to see a short project as ‘lesser’ than a longer one. Multi-twinned projects. The Contacting the World international project twins twelve groups (six pairs of twins), all engaged in the same process, over a nine-month period. Such a project demands greater organisation – and possibly resources – but such a model could also be applied locally, regionally or nationally. ‘Agenda-based’ projects. Projects that are linked to, or framed by, a particular major event or enterprise – local, national or international.
The combination of the two can translate into a twinned project being allowed to lean towards English as the common vocabulary. That can seem the easiest route. But those of us who have English as our ﬁrst language, and those who wish to learn English as a second language, need to think about the implications of that for our projects. A diversity of languages (like species of plants or animals) is disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate, and as artists (who should value diversity of expression) we should be seeking ways to combat that.
Cinema Alchemist: Designing Star Wars and Alien by Roger Christian