- Alien implants, mysterious metal objects from outer space
and bizarre encounters of the fourth kind sound more like an episode from
The X Files than an exhibition for public consumption.
- But these arcane objects and events form the basis of
Phenomena, a touring showcase on extraterrestrials and unidentified flying
objects the first of its kind to open in Fremantle.
- It's also the world premiere and project director Brian
Borshoff said its popularity demonstrated the growing fascination with
UFOs and the idea of extraterrestrial contact.
- "Interest in UFOs is ramping up for the millennium,"
said Mr Borshoff. "UFOs are no longer considered fringe subjects,
their study has crossed over into mainstream science."
- He said people are so fascinated by the subject that
UFO sites have the highest hit rate on the Internet and five of the 10
most popular films in history were about either UFOs or extraterrestrials.
- He said the concept of UFOs had become so entrenched
around the world that an image of a flying saucer was instantly recognised
transcending language barriers.
- "They have become a cultural icon, which is amazing
for something we still don't know the truth about."
- The exhibition at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal is
separated into seven "pods" examining everything from the history
of UFO sightings to the evidence of contact, details of alien abductions
and even the sighting of crop circles which date back to 1678.
- Researchers spent months scouring the world, gathering
everything available on the subject, from photographs to detailed witnesses'
accounts and potential physical evidence from other worlds.
- Exhibits include video footage of what are believed to
be UFOs, plus details of abduction experiences and the display of "implants"
surgically removed by an American doctor from people claiming to have been
abducted by aliens.
- Also on display is what is claimed to be the first physical
evidence of another life form a metal sphere found on a Mexican farm.
- Made from an "intriguing" combination of metals
including titanium, vanadium and aluminium, it is said to be one of only
two ever found. The other one is believed to be held by US authorities.
- "We have got the best evidence available, presented
it as accurately and neutrally as possible and and we let people make their
own informed decisions," said Mr Borshoff.
- "We are encouraging everyone from enthusiasts to
debunkers after all, science is all about questioning."