Art project is creating 'alien-human hybrids'
September 30, 2021 | 4 comments
The village is situated near an ancient impact crater. Image Credit: RafaelMousob / Pixabay
A very unusual art experiment in the Italian village of Fontecchio is turning its residents into alien hybrids.
When you hear the term 'alien-human hybrid', the first thing that will likely spring to mind is government experimentation or a storyline out of 90s sci-fi series The X-Files
For experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, however, the term has a rather more down-to-earth meaning and it is all to do with combining a common space rock with a town's water supply.
The peculiar stunt, which is part of an officially sanctioned art project named "Fountains of Tolerance", involved placing a regular chondrite meteorite into the hillside above the Italian village of Fontecchio where its essence has been gradually leeching into the local drinking water.
Anyone who drinks the water, he argues, has technically become an 'alien-human hybrid'... sort of.
The ultimate purpose of the art project is to help tackle xenophobia.
"When we become alien together, through ingesting this meteoritic material, we are at once becoming more consciously part of the cosmos," Keats recently told Space.com.
"Therefore, there's this enlarging beyond the fact that I'm from one place and you're from another to a recognition that, in fact, we're all from the same place, which is the cosmos."
The village itself is actually quite a good place for the project because it lies near to a meteor crater believed to have been formed by a space rock over 1,700 years ago.
Whether the villagers themselves mind drinking meteorite-infused water however remains unclear.
Source: Live Science
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