It's been nearly a year since the Swiss avant-garde artist H.R. Giger departed this Earth and left us with an immortal body of strange and magnificent creations, from the biomechanical creature and set design in Ridley Scott's Alien to the catalog of nightmarish paintings, prints and frightening home furnishings seen in his gothic museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
To honor Giger's illuminating life and legacy, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City will be hosting the H.R. Giger Film Festival on May 22-23, 2015, presenting a stimulating showcase of rare, never-before-seen documentaries and experimental short films focused on the wild world of Giger. This honorary event is part of the ongoing MAD cinema series, and will include a 45-minute art-house sci-fi film titled Swissmade, from 1969, featuring Giger’s first use of a prosthetic costume ever in a film. The movie has only been screened twice, only in Switzerland, so its screening at this year's festival will be its American debut. Here's the official announcement:
Marking the one-year anniversary of his passing, the Museum of Arts and Design presents The Unseen Cinema of HR Giger. Partnering with the HR Giger Museum and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival, this weekend-long event presents rare and never before seen films made by and about HR Giger. Opening up Giger’s personal archive for the first time, these films reveal the behind-the-scenes practice of this singular artist. The Unseen Cinema of HR Giger gives a rare glimpse into the personality, process, and vision of his indelible impact. The first evening of screenings will be introduced by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.
For tickets and programming info, visit the MAD site here. Check out this incredible video promo for the festival and tell us if you'd like a peek into the vivid vaults of Giger.
(Via Bloody Disgusting)