The Unseen Cinema of HR Giger: May 22-23 at The Museum of Art and Design

By on May 12, 2015

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein introduce The Unseen Cinema of HR Giger at Museum of Art and Design, May 22-23, 2015.

Longtime friends and collaborators with the master of biomechanical art, HR Giger, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie will introduce a weekend series of rare short documentaries about Hans Ruedi Giger and the worlds he created in art, film, music, and life.

04_A New Face of Debbie Harry, 1982, Dir FM Murer, courtesy of HR Giger Estate and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival_0 A New Face of Debbie Harry, 1982, Dir FM Murer, courtesy of HR Giger Museum and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival

The first program, The Collaborations of HR Giger, opens the series, Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Three films include the 33-minute “A New Face of Debbie Harry” (1982) by FM Murer, focusing on the two music videos that Giger, Chris Stein, and Debbie Harry created in conjunction with Harry’s first solo LP Koo Koo; “Tagtraum” (1973) highlights a meeting between the painters HR Giger, C. Sandoz & W. Wegmueller, as they create together, focusing their magic on one canvas; and “Swissmade 2069” (1969), never before screened in the States. Giger debuts as a cinema creator here, with costume and prosthetic designs featured in the science-fiction tale of a future state-controlled Switzerland. The artist himself appears throughout the 40-minute film.

01_Swissmade 2069, 1968, Dir FM Murer, courtesy of HR Giger Estate and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival Swissmade 2069, 1968, Dir FM Murer, courtesy of HR Giger Museum and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival

The festival continues Sat, May 23, with two additional programs. Inside HR Giger’s Sanctuaries runs at 3:00 pm with “Through the Eyes of HR Giger” (2005, 12 mins.), an interview with the Passage Temple paintings framing the dark art master. “HR Giger’s Sanctuary” (2007, 20 mins.) highlights the HR Giger Museum and Giger Bar in Gruyeres, Switzerland, with a tour of the museum by the man himself along with discussions of his nightmarish visions. In “HR Giger Revealed” (2010, 52 mins.), director David N. Jahn, a one-time assistant to Giger, interviews many of the artists and personalities in Giger’s universe, and discloses the artist’s studio in Zurich.

04_Tagtrum, 1973, Dir JJ Wittmer, courtesy of HR Giger Estate and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival_0 Tagtrum, 1973, Dir JJ Wittmer, courtesy of HR Giger Museum and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival

At 5 pm the series concludes with the program Behind the Scenes of HR Giger’s Studio. Two 1967 shorts “HeimKiller” and “High” open this program, with Giger’s early career filling the frames. “Giger’s Necronomicon” (1975, 41 mins.), featuring a soundtrack by Brainticket’s Joel Vandroogenbroeck, shows Giger at his most personal with family, friends, and collectors filling in the less-known areas of the artist’s life. The short spell of “2nd Celebration of the Four” (1977, 5 mins.), a more occult exploration, leads into the examination of Giger’s most well-known creation “Giger’s Alien,” the 1979 document of Giger’s work on the classic Ridley Scott film, narrated by Giger himself.

Tickets to each of the three programs are $10 general / $5 members at The Theater at MAD, 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019.

For tickets and more information: http://madmuseum.org/series/unseen-cinema-hr-giger
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About Shade Rupe

Shade Rupe is the author of Funeral Party 1 and 2, and Dark Stars Rising, a collection of interviews with Divine, Crispin Glover, Gaspar Noe, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Udo Kier, Tura Satana, and many more. He co-directed the live recording of Teller of Penn & Teller’s off-Broadway show Play Dead. He was a featured guest on "Bravo’s Scariest Movie Moments" alongside Stephen King, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson, and more. He is now working on an updated edition of Dark Stars Rising to include new interviews with Norman Reedus, William Friedkin, John Boorman, and more. Visit him at shaderupe.com.