Marte Aas

UFO-Landscapes (2001)

12 landscape photographs, five portraits, one drawing, and one video installation. The photographs show places where people have seen UFOs and portraits of people who have seen the UFOs. The drawing reconstructs a UFO-sighting.

My point of departure for the project UFO Landscapes was the observations of light phenomena and UFOs made by a number of people in Namdalen and its surrounding areas. I photographed some of the places where the sightings had been made as well as doing portraits of the witnesses to these phenomena. Classical UFO photography that depicts flying saucers or light phenomena is intended to serve as evidence for the existence of UFOs. This photographic "evidence" is inevitably blurry, grainy or badly exposed. The descriptive power of the UFO photographs is, in other words, highly inadequate. One may perhaps query how detailed an object can be depicted at the same time as remaining "unidentified". The photographs in UFO Landscape stand in opposition to this classical UFO imagery in that they are both sharp and clear. However, the main feature that distinguishes them from the conventional depictions of UFOs is that they do not show any unidentified flying objects. It is, instead, the absence of the UFO that triggers the imagination and creates images in the minds eye of the beholder.

Marte Aas
Ufo-landscapes, Akershus Art Center, 2002
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscapes, Akershus Art Center, 2002
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscapes, Akershus Art Center, 2002
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscapes, Akershus Art Center, 2002
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscapes, Akershus Art Center, 2002
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscape (Reconstruction of scene), 21x29cm
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscape, c-print, 98x79cm
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscape, c-print, 98x79cm
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscape, c-print, 57x45cm
Marte Aas
Ufo-landscape, c-print, 57x45cm