The starting point at Swiss Made 2068



leading from:

a) Freddy Murer's Swiss Made
In 1968, Giger created a suit for a biomechanoid humanoid for Freddy Murer's short film Swiss Made 2069, to be worn by a human. This was Giger's first movie monster and it featured a movie camera mounted into the front of the head of the creature replacing the face. He also created a biomechanoid shell for a small dog to wear as well to go with this suit.

Swiss Made 2069

b) Giger's Description
Giger: The painting Necronom 4 which would later become the Alien or part of it. it came about partly through a monster which I had already created before for a half-hour film called Swiss Made
by Freddie Murer. For that film I created a first extraterrestrial in three dimensions. That was a figure that already had a long head with a long occiput and one eye was the camera and on its chest there were two spools of tape and from that there was a kind of microphone to pull out or a kind of pull out stand. And the whole figure was made from polyester, it was it was kind of boney and black, like some kind of armour which merged with the trunk and the arms and legs and a belly they were in a kind of black leather, they were kind of quilted like for example let's say like you use for ice hockey where you have these sausages which they make so that you can bend the arms and legs and you are at the same time protected from the puck, from any hard shots of anything like, and in that of style I created this extra terrestrial.  At the same time I created a dog for this film. Unfortunately it disappeared, Dali wanted to have it and I sent it off and it disappeared. (From a report of what Giger said in his interview with Alien Evolution)


Swiss Made 2069

c) Based on an earlier design
The creature was inspired by the head of his female biomechanoid in the drawing Woman with Child from 1967. The main humanoid head has a mechanical viewing device projecting about a foot ahead of the face of the humanoid and the back of the head is similar in shape as well.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8sv9gYsuLwc/SpcUBDn1g_I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/VEIIUvntPq8/s320/hr_giger_womanwithchild2.jpg
Woman with Child, 1967
d) Connected with Dr Who and the 10th Planet?
At the end of Swiss Made, the extraterrestrial is arrested by security people who take him to a hospital. He is examined by people in the hospital but his suit is to be found an empty shell without an explanation.

Another point of interest is that from 8 to 29 October 1966, the TV series Dr Who and the 10th Planet was being aired on BBC television.

The cybermen were a race of cyborgs from another planet Mondas hell bent on taking over the human race, and towards the end of the story, the destruction of the Cyberman's homeworld leads to the destruction of the cybermen. Here their suits have large block like machines on the front of the chest. By the end of the story a cyberman is seen to die and his inner organic body dissolves leaving an empty suit with its mechanical components.


3 comments:

  1. It always has intrigued me why this Fuchs painting from the fifties is never mentioned concerning Giger's alien:

    http://beinart.org/modules/PHP-gallery/gallery_ImageView.php?gallery_id=646&image_id=1915

    I mean, basically is all there. Puzzlingly, even the "Nuba anatomy" that Scott later incorporated to Giger's artwork is already there.


    Other Fuchs painting from the same period:


    http://beinart.org/modules/PHP-gallery/gallery_ImageView.php?gallery_id=646&image_id=1914

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  2. Thanks for this, yes I see the likelihood of this image having inspired Giger, I'll have to get a detailed close up of the image. While I am aware of Fuch's work generally I haven't really seen much of it on the Internet but really all this said by me here is a result of endless digging for things of relevance and perhaps Giger's is not one to shine too much light on the inspirations behind his work and what has been written about his work does rarely give much real insight so I'm really pleased about this as a likelihood in the trail for the source of inspiration. It is strange also how the idea of a Nubian has been something that's floating around as well as Scott had the idea of including Nubians of that kind in an earlier project of his inspired by I suppose the photos of Leni Riefenstahl and one just so happened to show up in a pub in England. I'll make sure that I look at more of Fuchs work from the fifties.

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  3. Okay, now three works by Fuchs have been added

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