The Alien Stuff is a piece of story telling equipment and an ethical communication instrument for immigrants. It allows the singular operator-immigrant to address directly anyone in the city. The audience may be attracted by the symbolic form of the equipment, by the character of the broadcast program or by the live presence and performance of the operator.
First produced in 1992 in Barcelona, the Alien Stuff resembles the biblical shepard rod. Its head is equipped with a mini-video monitor and a loudspeaker at the eye level, broadcasting the pre-recorded face and voice of the user. The story presented tells of the user's experiences of the often painful process of immigration. The center of the rod is made of clear plastic cylindrical containers for the preservation and display of precious relics related to various phases of the immigration history (a rejected visa applications, apartment keys, old photographs and other objects of personal importance).
The Alien Stuff functions as a third party between immigrants and non-immigrants; it acts as the immigrant's double, and as an inspiration for dialogue between the segregated worlds.
Between 1993 and 1997, the Alien Stuff was used in its various variants by more then twenty persons in Barcelona, Paris, Marseille, New York, Houston, Helsinki, Warsaw, Rotterdam and Boston.
Exhibited in 'Xenology: Immigrant Instruments, 1992-1996' ,Galerie LeLong NYC, 1996.