For Secret Cinema’s screening of ‘Alien’ this Halloween we dissected a mysterious, extraterrestrial specimen… Our autopsy was hosted in the spaceship’s laboratory, surrounded by a menagerie of jarred specimens.

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We were delighted to be invited along by the the folks from Secret Cinema who have been working since 2008 to turn everything from empty warehouses, office blocks, palaces and parking lots into grand-scale homages to treasured flicks. Carpenters build massive replica sets, actors recreate timeless scenes, and artists create original installations, all interpreting, exploring, and celebrating classic films in new ways. Instructed to arrive in costume, assume their assigned roles and take part in the action, the audience itself helps bring the film to life. And, the kicker: the identity of the film is kept secret from them until the moment they arrive.

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Image: Found Collective

As well as our autopsy sessions, scientists from the Materials Library joined us with a sample of aerogel, the lightest solid in the world (and one of the rarest as well), used exclusively for the space program.