Xhurch, a repurposed church in North Portland, has decided to take last year’s live reenactment of the Nativity one step out of the terrestrial and into a more cosmic direction, with this year’s Alien Nativity.
Last year’s Nativity had the usual characters — Mary, Joseph, Jesus, three wise men, a sheperd, animals — but this year, the three wise men have been replaced by four aliens holding elementary particles of the universe, baby Jesus by… yourself?
“You wind up seeing a reflection of yourself, and that’s the symbolic message of nativity. Recognizing divinity and potential in yourself. And at the same time perhaps recognizing the terrestrial nature of Christ,” says Matt Henderson in this interview.
Upon first entering Xhurch, one is presented with a beautiful full-color postcard and 3-D glasses to use when passing through portals of neon light. Here is just one of many thousands of potentially brilliant images (it’s remarkable what a combination of 3-D glasses and some neon lights can do…)
As lifted from the back of the postcard:
WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS HAVING A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Upon entering the nativity you shall walk through the five archways of the material world. Each represents a new stage of life beginning with birth and ending in death. Since these are the only certainties in life, the meaning of the three remaining archways are your choice. While taking your journey down life’s vibrant tunnel you will see to your left the four “wise men” bearing the four molecules of life. These are carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins, all of which are necessary to sustain life on Earth. Each wise man also bears a symbol on its chest representing the four elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. If you look to the right you will be confronted by the therianthropic shaman figure representing a mixture of myth and tradition that have led to our current conception of Santa and his reindeer…
Suspended in the sky above is our largest Alien entity representing cosmic intelligence. In all of us, this wisom is accessible. In all of us, it is the fabric of the cosmos. We are connected to the source, but have no means of truly understanding it.
This video below says it all with local news cheesiness. This installation will be running every evening through Christmas.