|The suit from Swiss Made 2069|
The painting Necronom 4 which would lated become the Alien or part of it, but it came about partly through an extra-terrestrial humanoid which Giger had already created before for a half hour film called Swiss Made 2069 by Freddy Murer, filmed in 35mm made with a very small crew and the picture was distributed in Switzerland by a firm called Nemo.
|The suit from Swiss Made 2069|
For this film, he created a first extraterrestrial in three dimensions. This was a figure that already had a long head with a long occiput and instead of two eyes, it had a single eye as a camera along with an extendable microphone and on its chest were two spools of tape to record with while it records everything it comes across. But he is soon arrested by security people who later take him to the hospital. All these events are seen through his camera, in a subjective way. Giger was not quite sure what went on at the end, he thought that the character died, and when the scientists turn his limbs, they discover that there is nothing there.
And the whole figure was made from polyester, it was boney and black in appearance, like some kind of armour which merged with the trunk of the body and the arms, legs, and belly were in a kind of black leather, padded in the manner of an ice hockey suit and in this way he created an extra-terrestrials. The story was also somewhat in the vein of George Orwell's 1984 as well .
At the time he created a dog for this film, the dog was real but it wore a suit as strange as the extra-terrestrial, which Giger made from polyester. Unfortunately it disappeared when he sent it to Dali who wanted it, and wouldn't be discovered for many some to come.
|Swiss Made 2069|
|concept art for the extra-terrestrial suit in Swiss Made 2069|
|The dog suit from Swiss Made 2069|
- Cinefantastique: Can you tell us about SWISS MADE, the science
fiction film you worked on before ALIEN?
HR Giger: SWISS MADE was filmed in 1969 by F. Murer, with a very small crew. The picture is distributed here by a firm called Nemo. But the story is so complicated I can only give you the main lines. An extraterrestrial comes to Earth with his extraterrestrial dog. The dog is wearing some clothes, which indicate how polluted our atmosphere is. I used a real dog, and I made the clothes in polyester. With a camera the alien has instead of eyes and a tape recorder he has in his chest, he records everything he comes across. But he is arrested by security people, who take him to a hospital. All these events are seen through his camera, in a subjective way. I think he dies at the end, but I'm not sure. He is examined by the people in the hospital, but when they turn his limbs, they discover there is nothing there! It was filmed in 35mm. The story, somewhat in the vein of Orwell's 1984, is very complex. It is in fact the combination of seven different stories, none of which are told entirely! (Cinefantastique vol 9, no. 1)
- HR 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)
The gender of the occupant of the extra-terrestrial suit in Swiss Made seems unimportant but the creature was based on a 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 armour covering the upper body is based on the same drawing.
|Woman with Child, 1967|
d) See: HR Giger's Woman with Child, 1967 references A. Epychaob's "Des Visiteurs Du Cosmos" illustration?
d) See: Ghost of Walter Pichler's "TV Helmet"in Necronom IV?
It always has intrigued me why this Fuchs painting from the fifties is never mentioned concerning Giger's alien:ReplyDelete
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:
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.ReplyDelete
Okay, now three works by Fuchs have been addedReplyDelete