Dark Star, for me, was much more than a celebration of this artist’s life but an astounding peek into a tiny corner of his mind and for a moment we were all absorbed as a permanent fixture upon that labyrinths walls. We had the privilege to hear some of the stories that shaped Gigers mind as a child for example when his father gave him a skull at the age of six consequently scaring him with the power of holding death so close, a powerful lesson to learn or grasp at that age. To combat this fear and better understand what he had such little grasp of he tied a string around the skull and dragged it behind him to prove or condition his mind to not fear death anymore.
The house he lives in is on one of the properties his parents left for him after their passing, and the alterations that have been made are like an archaic dreamscape of regression to adolescence as well as a mausoleum to the inevitability of death. The yard has this feel of a Tibetan cemetery beautifully intertwined with nature and spiritual decay that has a way of making the viewer methodically insane yet left awe inspired. His world shines within a backdrop of brutal sexuality as if you can physically witness the last of humanity drain from this far less than human world it inhabits.
H.R. Giger’s work has always been somewhat of a anomaly to me because of the limited grasp I had on his entire embodiment of work but because of this documentary I have no doubt in my mind I will be surveying the catacombs to obtain whatever I can. Dark Star accomplished being exhilaratingly dark with specks of tenderness as you glimpsed into the abyss of this fading auteurs soul.
R.I.P. Hans Rudolf Giger
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
Information about Dark Star is available at http://www.darkstar-movie.com/en/home .