We Want to Believe —
The birth of Fuego, issue one, gets off to an unabashedly self-referential start. For example, one of the projects in this, the I Want To Believe issue, takes the fact that one of the maker’s fathers worked on an experimental 8mm movie about UFO’s in the 1970’s as a prompt to make their own photos of faked UFO’s. This kind of re-enactment – and yes, it’s not outside of the realms of certain contemporary art practices- produces a series of photos that at once resonate on numerous levels. Perhaps the most lucid of these is just how familiar fake UFO photos now are in the collective consciousness. Perhaps more poetically, they capture the tension that many of us feel between knowing that they are fakes – as taught to us by hundreds of television programmes- and wanting to believe in some other form of life out there. Referencing the cult 1990’s X-Files series’ catchphrase, this tension between belief and empirical knowledge seems to be the main theme present in the issue. Carefully realised with an aesthetic that entirely denies the Photoshop and After Effects filters that now permeate everything from mainstream Sci-Fi films to sneaker adverts, this is a precise meditation on the topic.