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FIELD STATION


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FIELD STATION


Charles Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in technology, eco-systems, semiotics, and esoteric forms of humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment, videos and photographs. Lindsay balances his studio time with extended periods exploring remote environments.

 
 
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CODE HUMPBACK


CODE HUMPBACK @ MASS MoCA

CODE HUMPBACK


CODE HUMPBACK @ MASS MoCA

For Lindsay, time is even more of an unknown unknown. When looking at his work, we experience a kind of space age nostalgia that isn’t nostalgic; an (un)certain future that isn’t futuristic and a gap where the present should be. Lindsay’s work layers time, confuses chronology and keeps us guessing at what we are looking at, how it’s communicating, and what kind of being made it happen.  

Denise Markonish, Curator, MassMoCA

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Hyper Wall


NASA Ames Hyperwall / Data Visualization Center

Hyper Wall


NASA Ames Hyperwall / Data Visualization Center

2016 was a pivotal year. CARBON was published by Minor Matters. Many new works were shown for the first time. The FIELD STATION installation at MassMoCA contains the Rocket Brain,  Crab Cage, Code Humpback, Sloths Dividing, Brain Coral / Deep Time Video Extraction Device, EMO aluminum worksand the Light Table on which rests Fukking with Nature (Douglas Fir Sap) plus a proto-type cloud computer, a golden horseshoe crab resuscitator, 24 karat golden beer cans, Israeli military laser optics, syringes, loose screws, flotsam, an invitational beer coaster and miniature humans. Works from MINING the MOON appeared in the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' CRATERS OF THE MOON show, including the Portable Wormhole Generator, the Deep Time Audio Extractor, and a seventeen foot composite photograph. Those are now at NUMU Los Gatos in the inaugural SETI AIR program group show MAKING CONTACT. The Des Moines Art Center is hosting other new works in the ALCHEMY show. For 2017 OSA EARS and it's large scale sound installation ECOTONE are being developed with major partnerships. And then there's Beijing, coming shows and more. More news on all this very soon.

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CARBON-Billboard


CARBON   billboards at MASS Moca, North Adams, Massachusetts 

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CARBON   billboards at MASS Moca, North Adams, Massachusetts 

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Studio-2016


Studio / 2016

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Studio / 2016

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Mentawai


Mentawai Islands / Indonesia

 

Mentawai


Mentawai Islands / Indonesia

 

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CARBON


''Later this year I'll join a collaborative FMRI imaging project in the U.K. focusing on the effects of music on the brain. This consciousness research will involve recordings made with shamans in Indonesia, field recordings of wild natural environments, music, especially cello and percussion, and psychedelics. The project is targeting therapeutic applications in the realms of virtual reality and next generation immersive installations. Please stay tuned."

CARBON


''Later this year I'll join a collaborative FMRI imaging project in the U.K. focusing on the effects of music on the brain. This consciousness research will involve recordings made with shamans in Indonesia, field recordings of wild natural environments, music, especially cello and percussion, and psychedelics. The project is targeting therapeutic applications in the realms of virtual reality and next generation immersive installations. Please stay tuned."

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Technology


SETI Institute signal processing laboratory / Allen Telescope Array

Technology


SETI Institute signal processing laboratory / Allen Telescope Array

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D-WAVE


Recording DWAVE2 @ NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QUAIL)

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Recording DWAVE2 @ NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QUAIL)

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Horseshoe Crabs


Crab Cage / 24K Golden Horseshoe Crabs / synesthetic processor

Horseshoe Crabs


Crab Cage / 24K Golden Horseshoe Crabs / synesthetic processor

Why all the Gold? I'm interested in connections to deep time, in symbols and experiences that transcend narrow, often culturally specific views of Now. All the gold on Earth was created in stars that died before ours was born. Horseshoe crabs have been on Earth for 450 million years. Humpback whales appear to have language, our machines are learning - and the stone age is closer than ever. Speculative fiction.

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OSA EARS


OSA EARS / OSA Peninsula / Costa Rica

OSA EARS


OSA EARS / OSA Peninsula / Costa Rica

OSA EARS is designed to provide real time 3D sound and a cloud of species and climate change data from one of our planet’s most bio-diverse rain forests to anyone anywhere in the world with internet. A networked array of microphones, web cams and sensor banks will expand over time to cover OSA Conservation’s entire 5000 acre wildlife corridor, from ground level to canopy top. Located on Costa Rica’s OSA peninsula OSA EARS will create a broad based platform for researchers and artists interested in habitat protection, soundscape ecology, remote sensing and bird song. It will serve as a home base for cutting edge field work, offering an opportunity to develop and adapt surveillance and sensor technologies for inter-disciplinary wildlife monitoring and protection. ECOTONE is the large scale art installation currently being developed in concert with OSA EARS.   ECOTONE will be modular, scalable and technologically breath-taking.  Announcements coming on Earth Day, 2017.

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SETI ATA


SETI Institute's ATA Radio Observatory

SETI ATA


SETI Institute's ATA Radio Observatory

Consider the margins of our sensory capabilities and conceptual frontiers. What is Art to a synesthete, or to an alien looking in on our culture? What communications are we unaware of in the pheromonal territories, in the sub-sonic realms, in total darkness.  What are we missing? I'll get back to you as soon as I know ... in the mean time please maintain humor and stay in touch.

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Comb Jelly


Comb Jellies / Bull Harbor / Hope Island /British Columbia

Comb Jelly


Comb Jellies / Bull Harbor / Hope Island /British Columbia

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LED LAB


CARBON / LED Wall / LED LAB  / NYC

LED LAB


CARBON / LED Wall / LED LAB  / NYC

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Skeena B.C.


Band of Fishing Buddies / Upper Skeena River / British Columbia

Skeena B.C.


Band of Fishing Buddies / Upper Skeena River / British Columbia

Band of Fishing Buddies, preparing to fly into the upper Skeena River drainage, British Columbia, Canada - a perfect situation in which to consider what 'esoteric forms of humor' actually means.... what is this highly subjective and culturally specific mechanism for dealing with adversity and challenging concepts? Does it all boil down to the knowledge of our own mortality? We have stone-age humor, art world humor, and more fringe varieties. I find myself exploring absurdity. Like music, humor transcends mere survival requirements. And like music, we see it in species other than humans. Ravens are great humorists, as are wolverines. Porpoises play. Bower Birds make art. The notion of human existence on this fragile world lost in space appears increasingly absurd, particularly in the USA. We humans are so intelligent, so promising, and such knuckleheads. For this artist, these questions approach the heart of the matter. 'Going Fishing' is a work description. Thesis pending. Thanks for looking.