H. R. Giger and the Biomechanical Soul

Artist H.R. Giger (1940-2014) and a black-and-white photograph of his painting 'Hieroglyphics,' 1978, 200 × 140 cm, acrylic on paper. Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images

We’ve all seen the surreal biomechanical art of the late H.R. Giger, but the artist’s mainstream success and the undying appeal of his “Alien” sometimes prevent a full appreciation of his dark vision. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore the psychology and themes present in Giger’s art and chat with artist E.C. Steiner on Giger’s influences and more.

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Outside Content:

The H.R. Giger Museum

The Art of E.C. Steiner

Topics in this Podcast: art, biology, human condition, cyborgs