This far reaching lecture will travel frominterdisciplinary artist Charles Lindsay’s early work as an exploration geologist and photojournalist, through his discovery of the CARBON imaging process, which led to his position as the SETI Institute’s first artist in residence. [SETI = Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] Lindsay’s art embraces technology to explore concepts about deep time and human perception. From the Stone Age to NASA Ames, culminating in the current collaborative relationship between Lindsay and SU Shaoyu, this talk will deliver broad spectrum information and a sneak look at the interactive “CLOUD” sculpture which Lindsay and SU are developing for the first Shenzhen Biennale, opening May, 2018. Lindsay and SU debuted their first collaborative work “Wind Tunnel: the Hongshan Experiment” in the Today Art Museum “.zip” show, Summer, 2017. SU Shaoyu will join Lindsay on stage to share their mutual interests in science fiction, archeological time, future ecosystems, and augmented reality.
Making our own weather !! Wind Tunnel: the Hongshan Experiment (installation) is the result of a dramatically rewarding collaboration with Chinese artist Shaoyu Su. The equipment was all fabricated and programmed in Tianjin at his Father's factory. This ambitious installation is now live, in the Today Art Museum wide .zip exhibition - which is a very strong show with excellent artists. Hello China !!
Garage Inventors features a 30-year span of work by artists who exemplify the ethos of Silicon Valley in the form of the genius “garage” inventor. Many of these artists have deep roots in the Bay Area, and they all channel a streak of “mad scientist” to experiment, discover, and innovate. Yet their works are more than high-tech marvels. Each of these artists harnesses their esoteric skills and knowledge to delve into existential conundrums and to explore the metaphysics of emotion, perception and consciousness.
May 5, 2017 - Presenting at Gray Area Festival -
A note on curation for the 2017 Gray Area Festival (May 4th-7th): What is to be done? Even in a world that is better for more people than at any time in history, we find ourselves with a host of issues, challenging our optimism for the future. The specter of unchecked climate change, the unknown consequences of globally deployed artificial intelligence, the ruptured boundaries of global capitalism, the unrelenting weight of systemic oppression and inequality; these ills throw the grand narratives of linear progress and the promise of technology in doubt. How do we navigate in a semi-fluid world where the only hope for agency seems to be in probing the uncertain boundaries and bounded uncertainties themselves?
Now in its third edition, the Gray Area Festival still believes that artists are bellwethers to anticipate cultural traumas, and that integrated creative and technical practice holds a lantern illuminating paths to broader and deeper understanding of the trials and opportunities ahead. We present a group of speakers, performers, educators, and exhibitors exploring the edges of media, time, culture, design, and the environment. Held at our Grand Theater in San Francisco's Mission district, the Festival highlights Gray Area's continued pursuit of forward-looking art and technology applied toward civic, educational, entrepreneurial, aesthetic, and social practice.
ALCHEMY: Transformations in Gold is on at the Des Moines Art Center thru May 7th, 2017
The show includes all new works from the ongoing FIELD STATION experiments.
In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. It’s a network that scientists are only just beginning to untangle and map, and it’s not only turning our understanding of forests upside down, it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means to be intelligent.
In support of the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) mission to feature exhibits that are connected to globally relevant ideas, art and history, NUMU is pleased to present Making Contact, a group exhibit featuring artists from the SETI Artist in Residence Program: Martin Wilner; Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes, and Marko Peljhan; Charles Lindsay; George Bolster; Rachel Sussman.
This exhibit of work from the Artists in Residence (AIR) program expands upon the SETI Institute’s mission to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. The artists bring fresh eyes to help navigate difficult concepts and act as a bridge to broaden awareness of the science carried out at the SETI Institute. October 28, 2016 - March 5, 2017.
Making Contact is made possible by the generous support of our partners, lenders and sponsors: The Robert Lehman Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, The Town of Los Gatos, SETI AIR, and Donors to NUMU’s Annual Campaign.
Working on ‘Field Station’ – an installation I’m building for this exciting group show. Three other SETI Institute artists are in the 20+ mix.
Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder beginning May 28, 2016
MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish remarks, “the state of wonder agitates, mesmerizes, and is almost forcible and shocking. It is a sudden intake of breath, a gaping mouth, a relinquishing of understanding.” As commonly used, “wonder” is sometimes mistaken for curiosity, which centers on the practice of fact-finding and explanation. In Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, viewers experience a purer state of wonder, a liminal state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.
Setting Out seeks to untangle the terms that motivate and define contemporary expeditions. It holds in one hand the historical legacy of science, art, and society and their pursuit of all knowable and natural frontiers. It holds technology in its other hand and its connivance with human curiosity to see beyond each horizon. Together these fields create an image of the edge of human understanding. – See more at: http://apexart.org/exhibitions/kitchen-ogasian-vincent.php#sthash.aMzBcJ3A.dpuf
January 21 – March 5, 2016 Lecture January 29th @ 7 pm
Charles Lindsay and Bruce Coffland discuss their experience working at NASA Ames Moffett Field from their respective points of view of as an artist-researcher and a NASA Operations Manager (Earth Science Office). – See more at: http://apexart.org/events/lindsay-coffland.php#sthash.vcxuQgaP.dpuf
One of Darwin’s mysteries may have been solved thanks to the sequenced genome of the Amborella plant. Scientists have discovered why flowers suddenly proliferated on Earth millions of years ago. In fact, the newly sequenced genome sheds new light on a major event in the history of life on Earth.
Last summer while sailing off the tip of Vancouver Island I became fascinated with the gooey and bioluminescent creatures that migrate to the ocean's surface each evening. I captured many, placed them in an aquarium on board and shot video for the new 'CAPSULES' installation. One of the most fascinating groups are the Comb Jellies - and these are now instigating the re-drawing of the Tree of Life < Science News Link.
This is a trailer for the TROUT FISHING IN SPACE traveling show, a collaborative live music + projected video performance envisioning a future when humans will leave earth for good. Projection clips and shots of the debut are mixed with rehearsal portraits. The audio was recorded live at the debut performance in Woodstock. The earth bound video subjects are locations I’ve shot including Greenland, Costa Rica and the western United States. The Cassini mission imagery of Saturn was provided by Planetary Astronomer Mark Showalter at The SETI Institute. Cassini animations and video editing by Miguel Jiron. Rehearsal and live show documentation thanks to Liron Unreich and Catherine Chalmers. The CARBON 7 video morphing was accomplished in Maya by Matt Wachter and Eric Hanson. Musicians include Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Billy Gomberg, Dan Snazelle (of SnazzyFX) David Rothenberg and myself, Charles Lindsay. Thanks to Ariel Shanberg and The Center for Photography at Woodstock for the performance opportunity. Thanks to Laura Bernstein for help with carbontheblog.com and our brochure design.