Whether or not alien encounters are real, unidentified flying objects have been reported by millions of people around the world.
The three-day Culture of Contact UFO Festival, held Oct. 16 – 18 at the Loews Landmark in Jersey City, hoped to explore and expose the truth.
In conjunction with the festival, the art exhibit, “Mythology is Reality,” showcasing the works of alien abductees, is showing at the Monroe Center for the Arts through October. The multimedia exhibit highlights works by professional and amateur artists inspired by contacts with extraterrestrial life.
A history of contact
According to Hoboken artist and alien researcher, Farah Yurdozu, her family has had a long history of alien contact. Beginning with her great grandfather in the 1890s, Yurdozu said, over three generations of contact in her family has given way to heightened psychic abilities.
Yurdozu has been featured as a physic median on the television show “Ghost Hunters” on TLC and is the author of seven books about alien activity, both in her native Turkey and in the U.S.
“Abduction is nothing new,” Yurdozu said. Citing ancient Hittite reliefs depicting alleged alien visitation, Yurdozu believes abductions have been recorded as far back as 4,000 B.C.
According to Yurdozu, even creation mythologies have their roots in alien visitation. Whether or not the ancient Greek gods were aliens, they were “beings who came from the sky.” In fact, Yurdozu said, the ancient Turkish tribe, called the Gokturks, means celestial people.
A researcher by trade, Yurdozu has painted since an early age.
“Since, I was a little girl,” Yurdozu said, “since I was able to hold a pen or a pencil, I have been drawing and painting.” Her work is on display at the Center.
“I wouldn’t paint apples, and pears, and bananas,” Yurdozu said, “[my artwork] is more spiritual. Art overall, whether it’s painting or music, anything relating to creation, is also related to the human soul. So, when the artist starts to create,” Yurdozu said, “they open their soul to the universe. There is a communication – what is called inspiration. It comes from the psychic side, an inner voice.”
Artist and Hoboken resident, David Huggins, believes alien contact has taken place throughout his life, but it wasn’t until Aug. 17, 1987 that the beings allowed him to remember the abductions. According to the Mayan calendar, on that date, called the Harmonic Convergence, a new era of time began, slated to end in 2012.
“One night,” Huggins recalls, “I was lying down and I saw the ceiling disappear.” Recalling this abduction memory from his Hoboken home, Huggins said he then entered an alien craft, and after a matter of seconds, was looking at the Earth through a large window.
These episodes as Huggins remembers them are the subjects of his work.
In a recent interview with Yurdozu, Huggins said, “the very first painting was hard, and I was so scared. But, I just took a deep breathe one morning, and I worked until late in the evening, and I finished.” Now, Huggins’ biographical works number more than 80.
“They’re a biography,” Huggins said. “They’re very realistic. You’re actually looking at certain experiences that I’ve had and I try to paint them as faithfully as I know how.”
Huggins believes tens of millions of people around the world have been contacted, but that many are made to forget.
“The aliens want to be known about,” Huggins said, “but, don’t want to traumatize the human race.”
Instead, perhaps the alien beings select a few people in society brave enough to stand up to the skepticism and help fearful humans learn more about other life. To decide for yourself, please visit: www.cultureofcontact.com. Comments on this piece can be sent to: SeanA@hudsonreporter.com