What lies behind UFO sightings and alien abductions? Are they simply profitable stories, individual or collective delusions, religious myths, or actual physical phenomena?
With their investigative journey through Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, Sara Brincher Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen, and Tobias Selnaes Markussen document an alternative belief system, one where humans are not at the centre of the universe. Using interviews, photographs, and other material, the book examines mankind’s need for faith, striving to understand the modern myth of extraterrestrial visitors, and especially the role our eternal search for substance in the face of meaninglessness plays in this.
The book contains sixteen interviews with different people who all have different stories or theories revolving around the same belief. There are several people who claim to have been abducted, including Miesha Johnston, who says she was involved in a hybrid program and has several children in space, and Charlie Hall who believes he lived with human-like extra-terrestrials he calls ‘The Tall Whites’ during a two-year duty assignment. There are also interviews with John Lear, a former CIA pilot who is known as “the godfather of conspiracy”. It’s hard to single out just one story, emphasizes Sara, for each interview is better understood in the context of the whole narrative that is Phenomena.
The Copenhagen-based collective behind “Phenomena” consists of Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen, and Tobias Selnaes Markussen. All of them are trained photojournalists from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. In 2012 they founded the creative community Kompleks; individually, they work on projects and assignments for a wide range of major media. For the “Phenomena” project, the group acted as a collective using a conceptual, subjective and playful approach to documentary. Fundamental to their work is the conviction that the romanticised ego of the photographer needs to be challenged and dissolved. During the past few years, they have been widely published and exhibited in Denmark, Europe, and Asia. Individually, they have received a number of prizes from Picture of the Year in Denmark and POYi.
|Verlag||André Frère Éditions|
|Bemerkung||Book design: Iron Flag|
|Autor(en)||Peter Helles Eriksen, Tobias Selnaes Markussen|