—A Series of Unidentified Objects
In collaboration with Stephanie Sang Delgado, Nicole Potts, and Bryant Phares

Science fiction always says more about the present state of things than the future. Meaning that, although the genre is usually associated with futuristic visions, the more prominent narratives are those which put forth analogies to contemporary issues. Therefore we can say that sci-fi can be used as a proxy to critique matters of the present. Using this conceptual strategy, A Series of Unidentified Objects seeks to respond to the topic of “otherness” by inviting an audience to participate in a collective science fiction performance.

Presented for your consideration here are nine alien objects accompanied by descriptions of where and when each was recovered. These mysterious objects are on loan from the IASEM, and are being exhibited in order to gain input from the public on their true nature. Each object’s point of origin varies widely, but they are related in both appearance and the circumstances of their encounter. They were all recovered between 1945 and 1980. While the agency has studied these artifacts closely for the past sixty years, they admit that all their findings are based purely on speculation. While their size and character suggest that are seed-like, there is no real evidence that they are living organisms. Nevertheless, they are being preserved in a state of suspended animation for the time being. Along with the objects, IASEM has also included some animated diagrams of their analysis as part of the exhibition.

The two tents, HAB A and HAB B, contain the nine artifacts, referred to as Unidentified Objects (UO) 1 through 9. HAB A houses UO1 through UO4, and HAB B houses UO5 through UO9. You are invited to visually examine the objects within these safe environments. Though the exhibition is open to the public, please be aware that security measures are in place to prevent unauthorized interactions with the artifacts or contamination. Guards are monitoring the activities and will be interrogating anyone who wishes to examine the objects. Any prospective visitor is required to provide adequate responses to their control questions in order to be allowed to pass. While this may seem exaggerated, it is to ensure public safety. 

The goal of the exhibition is to come to some understanding of what these objects signify for us as citizens of Earth. Scientists have been studying them for over sixty years, and have not been able to reach any clear conclusion as to their purpose. There have been many remnants from unidentified flying objects (UFOs) recovered throughout history, yet these nine objects have eluded all interpretation. Perhaps with the public’s help, we can get to the bottom of this once and for all.