In Carpenter’s film, a race of aliens disguised as humans take over the planet. Using mass media and normalization tactics, the aliens manipulate, dominate, and police the human race. An underground resistance creates glasses that enable humans to see who the aliens are, ultimately leading to the destruction of their system of mind control. In We Live, Wormsley re-imagines this fictional story for our current political moment: “In this world the glasses are used to promote fear and control. The children can see beyond this—they can use other forms of connection and centered thinking to change course. Resistance grows through a change in perception. A shift is happening.” Wormsley believes that there is something innate in the human spirit that drives us to protect this planet and its inhabitants.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website