This exhibit explores how the limits of rational explanation give way to the prolific work of the imagination. In so doing, it examines the psychology of the believer, who exists to varying degrees within all of us.
With the advance of technology we are learning more and more about the universe, and becoming increasingly obsessed with that which we cannot understand. In a desperate attempt to make sense of the inexplicable, we tend to see more than what is there: a simple smudge on a camera lens becomes a sign of paranormal activity; a speck in the sky is evidence of extraterrestrial life. In the absence of explanation we create our own.
Drawing upon popular imagery of U.F.O. sightings and paranormal experiences, we use photos and video to document our interaction with the strange and unaccountable. We are interested in seeing the extent to which the viewer buys into the evidence we provide despite hints at its inauthenticity. The question is: “Why do you believe or remain skeptical?”