Artist: Kasia Baczkowski
Artwork: The P Files
Photography by Strawbleu Editions
Description: A little planet sits on the dashboard of a spaceship. It’s not a great likeness of Earth but that’s not the point. Bobbel, an Intergalactic Observation Unit Officer keeps it there as a reminder of his youngling who made it in Ancestry Class. Bobbel sometimes speaks at the class, reporting his findings in a youngling-friendly way. He (and his partner Blimpi) often visit Earth, as do missions from other sectors. In the spirit of being thorough, sometimes these visits result in encounters with humans. This was the case with Mr Peckworthy.
For most of his adult life he was detained in an institution for the mentally unstable, St Barnaby’s Home for the Infirm (now The Barn Luxury Apartments) under the care of psychiatric staff. Mr Peckworthy collated a number of papers all on the subject of his extra-terrestrial visitors, and kept them locked in a metal file box. When he suspected
the government was monitoring him, he buried the ‘evidence’ in the grounds of the institute and didn’t talk about the ‘visitors’ with doctors again. His journals reveal it was very much still on his mind and he details much information about the visitors, their planet and their thoughts on ours.
After Mr Peckworthy’s death, the box was disinterred and passed on to the family who decided to release a selection of the contents to interested parties. The papers include journals, letters from supporters, doctors letters, medical reports, transcripts and, allegedly, an unofficial note from the then Secretary of State for Defence, John Nott.
The display is currently touring northern towns in the UK, soon to be displayed permanently at The London Institute of Extra-terrestrial Study.