Did you know there is a Portland Alien Museum? You can learn more about it this First Thursday at Portland State University’s Littman Gallery to see Contact. Contact presents new and venerable works…that examine and explicate alien phenomena ranging from screen memories to sexual encounters within a historical narrative of documents and ephemeral objects from The Portland Alien Museum collection.
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Littman & White Galleries | Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway #250, Portland OR 97207
503.725.5656 | More info: pdx.edu/littmanandwhite
Chase Biado ¬Â¢ Jamie Edwards ¬Â¢ Daniel J Glendening
Joshua Lee Vineyard ¬Â¢ Xhurch Collective | Curated By ChloÃƒÂ© Womack
¬Å“There are 400 billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If only one of a million of those had planets¬Â¦ If just one out of a million of those had life, and if just one out of a million of those had intelligent life, there would be literally millions of civilizations out there. And if there wasn't, it'd be an awful waste of space.¬Â1
People who have extraterrestrial experiences want explanations. For three percent of the human population, contact has happened. It has marked us physically and psychologically. It has changed and affected us. We are left to ask: ¬Å“What did I see? Why did I see it? What could it mean?¬Â.
The desire to know if we are alone in the universe is not limited to UFO abductees or sci-fi enthusiasts; it is central to our contemporary condition and made evident through our culture and its products. We battle aliens on TV while we scan the skies for proof of their existence. Contact presents this condition by framing new and venerable works from Chase Biado, Jamie Edwards, Daniel J Glendening, Joshua Lee Vineyard, and Xhurch Collective that examine and explicate alien phenomena ranging from screen memories to sexual encounters within a historical narrative of documents and ephemeral objects from The Portland Alien Museum collection (portlandalienmuseum.com).
Let us acknowledge the pervasive nature of phenomenological inspiration that began with the first sightings of flying saucers during the mid twentieth century and continues to necessitate artistic responses today.
In art and life people are almost always talking about aliens. Contact was born of this zeitgeist.
1 Contact. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Robert Zemeckis. By James V. Hart and Michael Goldenberg. Perf. Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, and James Woods. Warner Brothers, 1997. Based on the Novel by Carl Sagan.
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