The Copenhagen based artist collective of, Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen
and Tobias Selnaeas Markussen
and their otherworldly installation PHENOMENA
comes to Unseen Amsterdam
What lies behind the UFO phenomena? Is it a commercially profitable story, a mass delusion with social consequences, a religious myth or a true physical phenomenon?
Undertaking an investigative journey through the states of Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, Sara, Peter and Tobias use an anthropological approach that combines photography and extensive research to examine the modern myth of ETs and UFOs. "Phenomena” documents an alternative system of beliefs, where neither God nor mankind is at the center of the universe, and it strives to achieve an understanding of humanity’s eternal search for substance, countered by the existential fear of meaninglessness.
By collecting as much data as possible, while maintaining a non-judgmental attitude towards their informants the artists encourage others to take a critical, but open minded view of their discoveries. The complexity of the subject and constant flow of changing information brings together numerous pieces of information that can be combined in infinite ways.
Some of the stories are contradictory; some might not even be true. The work may feel at times like fiction, but it is entirely based on reality.