SETI AIR: Artists

charles lindsayCharles Lindsay
SETI AIR Program Director

Charles Lindsay is a conceptual artist-adventurer, whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, time, eco-systems, and semiotics. He was the SETI Institute’s first Artist in Residence 2010 - 2015 and is now directing the SETI AIR program, along with the SETI AIR Advisory Committee. Lindsay is also a Guggenheim Fellow. More about his recent projects here

"Code Humpback" -
The Long Now Foundation -
New Museum Los Gatos -

SETI AIR: Artists in Residence

Felipe SantiagoFelipe Perez Santiago (2018 - 2020) 

Felipe Perez Santiago is an internationally acclaimed composer, conductor, guitarist, and sound artist. Winner of several prizes and recognitions, he is a member of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico. Felipe is the founder and artistic director of the Mal’Akh Ensemble, combining chamber and rock music with electronica and multimedia performance. His compositions have been played and commissioned in more than 40 countries by internationally renowned orchestras and ensembles. Felipe’s catalog includes more than 10 discographic productions, spanning orchestral compositions, chamber music, solo pieces, electronic works, and music for films, dance, video, and multimedia installations.

Zeinab AlhashemiZeinab Alhashemi  (2019 - 2021) 

Born and based in Dubai, Zeinab Alhashemi is a conceptual artist and designer specializing in site-specific installations and experimental art. Zeinab will begin her SETI AIR term in 2019, collaborating with SETI Research Scientist Mark Showalter. The Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo will be co-hosting her residency.

David NeumannDavid Neumann (2016 - 2019

David is the artistic director of Advanced Beginner Group, a collection of artists across many disciplines and approaches that, under his direction, come together for specific projects. Neumann makes work that is at its core an irrational response to our perceived place in the universe. ABG makes their pieces from scratch, bringing to word, action, and proximity a delighted embrace of our contradictory lives. Words and actions can only point to experience. They actively attempt to create experiences that are difficult to describe.

Jen BervinJen Bervin (2016 - 2019) 

Jen Bervin is a visual artist and writer whose works combine text and textiles with conceptual elements and a minimalist’s eye for the poetic and essential. Her most recent work is written nanoscale on biomedical silk films and read as a projection with fiber optic light. Bervin is a recipient of a Creative Capital grant and a Robert Rauschenberg Residency.

SETI AIR: Arts / Science Researcher in Residence

Bettina ForgetBettina Forget (2016 - 2020)

Bettina is an artist, gallerist, and art educator. She runs and curates Visual Voice Gallery in Montreal, Canada, which focuses on exhibiting art which creates a connection to science. Her current research project examines how artistic and scientific inquiry intersect. Bettina's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Visit the gallery website and Bettina's recent art projects.

SETI AIR: Alumni

Martin WilnerMartin Wilner (2015 - 2016)

Martin is a visual artist and a psychiatrist interested in the processing of time-based dyadic relational correspondence, informed by principles of applied psychoanalytic theory, as a basis of his daily drawing practice. He is represented by Sperone Westwater in New York City and Hales Gallery in London and his work is in numerous public and private collections. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. More about Martin Wilner's work.

Rachel SussmanRachel Sussman (2016 - 2017)

Rachel is a contemporary artist with a transdisciplinary practice blending art, science, and philosophy. Sussman is a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, TED speaker, and author of New York Times bestselling book, The Oldest Living Things in the World. Her recent explorations, begun in conjunction with the LACMA Lab, have helped launch her journey into deep time and deep space in conjunction with SpaceX, NASA JPL, NASA Ames, and CERN. 

Dario RobletoDario Robleto (2016 - 2017)

Dario is a transdisciplinary artist and storyteller whose research-driven practice results in intricate narratives and handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war, and American history. He was recently appointed as the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate.

George BolsterGeorge Bolster (2016 - 2017

George was born in Ireland in 1972; he lives and works in New York. Selected solo exhibitions include: Amazement Insulates Us All: Memento Vivere, The Lab Gallery, Dublin, IRE; Un/natural History: Drowning Captiva, Nuit Blanche (Commission), Toronto, CA; High on Christ, Chung King Projects, LA, USA; idealisms fail because humans have to live them. Bolster was awarded a 2013 artists residency from the Rauschenberg Foundation.

Scott KidallScott Kildall (2016 - 2017

Scott is cross-disciplinary artist who writes algorithms that transform various datasets into 3D sculptures and installations. The resulting artworks often invite public participation through direct interaction. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the San Jose Museum of Art. View his artwork here.

seti air alumni

Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes, Marko Peljhan (2016 - 2017)

The artist team of Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes, and Marko Peljhan, from the Systemics Lab in the Media Arts and Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara, have collaborated with NASA and SETI Institute scientist Jon Jenkins on SOMNIUM from 2013 - 2016, a work inspired by the Kepler Space Telescope and the search for Earth-like exoplanets. 

SOMNIUM: Robotic installation inspired by the Kepler Space Telescope - A collaboration between Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes, and Marko Peljhan (UCSB Media Arts and Technology). With scientific support from SETI Institute Senior Research Scientist Jon Jenkins.

Johannes Kepler's 1600s-era science fiction tale, Somnium, describes the experience of a young explorer who takes a fantastical trip into space to ask a question: "What might an observer on the moon see while they gaze at the Earth from afar?" This new installation uses data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope to echo this question for our specific time: "What might an observer on Earth see while they gaze at the many other possible Earths which exist within our galaxy?"