H.R. Giger Is Dead—Long Live Giger! 11 Films About Him Will Screen in NYC

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A scene from “Swissmade 2069,” a dystopian film featuring Giger’s design aesthetic, from 1968.

Next month, in observance of the one-year anniversary of his death, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City will pay tribute to Swiss artist H.R. Giger with a two-day celebration of his film work billed as The Unseen Cinema of H.R. Giger. The MAD website asserts that “few artists have made a larger impact on the fantastical visions of cinema as the Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger”—a statement with which many Heavy Metal readers would no doubt agree, adding that his illustrations that weren’t created for movies are also essential.

A Giger image adorned the cover of the June 1980 issue of Heavy Metal, and he was also afforded several galleries within the pages of the magazine over the years, but the most Giger-ish issue ever has to be December 1981. That one featured a photo of Debbie Harry on the cover in a Giger setting, wearing a Giger outfit and Giger face paint.

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Debbie Harry by H.R. Giger on the cover of Heavy Metal, December 1981.

It’s a scene from the set of the video for her song “Now I Know You Know,” off her album KooKoo, which had a famously scandalous cover by Giger:

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Cover art by H.R. Giger for Debbie Harry’s debut solo album “KooKoo.”

There’s more to the story—the article within the magazine describes the strange creative relationship between Harry and Giger—but we’ll save that for another day.

The above-mentioned Unseen Cinema of H.R. Giger mini-fest at New York’s MAD will include “A New Face of Debbie Harry,” a 33-minute documentary about the Giger-Harry videos. Other highlights include Swissmade 2069, a dystopian sci-fi action film; Giger’s Necronomicon; Giger’s Alien; and H.R. Giger Revealed.

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