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