Exhibition of ‘aliens’ from top – and flop – films shows the rubbery reality of beasts from beyond the stars

A new exhibition in Beijing aims to explore  the psychology of our visions of life beyond the stars – and shows off the  rubber ‘aliens’ from films without lighting or editing.

The ‘Alien Science Exhibition’ aims to  explore why our visions of alien life look so much like us.

Stars of the show include long-forgotten  movies such as ‘Alien Autopsy’, which has a plastic model of an alien prepared  as if to be dissected.

Beast from beyond the stars? A boy looks at the model of an alien from the 1994 US movie 'Alien Autopsy'

Beast from beyond the stars? A boy looks at the model of  an alien from the 1994 US movie ‘Alien Autopsy’

 

Invaders visit Beijing: The exhibition explores the psychology behind science fiction movies and the possibility of life forms in this galaxy and beyond

Invaders visit Beijing: The exhibition explores the  psychology behind science fiction movies and the possibility of life forms in  this galaxy and beyond

 

No invisibility cloak: A rubber mask of the killer alien from the Predator films. It's unclear why the spectator is wearing a protective mask

No invisibility cloak: A rubber mask of the killer alien  from the Predator films. It’s unclear why the spectator is wearing a protective  mask

It's behind you! A boy poses for a photograph next to the model of Alien Queen from the film 'Aliens' displayed at the 'Alien Science Exhibition' in Beijing, China, 19 July 2012

It’s behind you! A boy poses for a photograph next to  the model of Alien Queen from the film ‘Aliens’ displayed at the ‘Alien Science  Exhibition’ in Beijing, China, 19 July 2012

The effect of most of the rubber models -  produced for films long before the era of advanced CGI effects – is perhaps less  terrifying than their original creators intended.

The exhibition runs from July 20 to July 28  in Beijing.

It also includes interactive elements where  children can don an alien head for a view of life as an alien – as well as  posing with famous film props such as the alien Queen from the film  Aliens.

The exhibition takes a light-hearted look at  our early visions of ‘alien’ life – just as scientists predict we might make  contact with the real thing.

Speaking at the Euroscience Open Forum  conference in Dublin this year, Jocelyn Bell Burnell said: ‘I do suspect we are  going to get signs of life elsewhere, maybe even intelligent life, within the  next century.

However, she said that even if we do find  signs of alien life, it is likely to take decades to talk to them from Earth via  radio or lasers.

Professor Bell Burnell said: ‘Nothing can  travel faster than the speed of light. So you are probably talking of  conversations that could take 50 or 100 years, just one way.’

Kiss kiss? The exhibition aims to explore fictional ideas of monsters from other galaxies

Kiss kiss? The exhibition aims to explore fictional  ideas of monsters from other galaxies

 

Flying solo: A Chewbacca suit from Star Wars is one of the exhibits

Flying solo: A Chewbacca suit from Star Wars is one of  the exhibits

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