I’m expecting that the research I engage in at SETI will blow my mind, and then re-settle it over time along paths and materials that will add up to provocative art experiences, based on what I’ve learned by dialoguing and/or collaborating with these esteemed scientists.”
SETI started the artist-in-residence program in 2011 with artist Charles Lindsay, a Guggenheim Fellow who remains with SETI as the artist-in-residence program leader. The effort has also involved artists Martin Wilner, Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes and Marko Peljhan.
“SETI Institute’s research is motivated by our primal interest in other life and other beings,” said senior astronomer Seth Shostak. “It’s a very human endeavor. And so is art, after all it’s one of the things that distinguishes us from every other life form on this planet. Art is the one thing that’s unique about our world. The one thing that ET doesn’t already have. Well, she may have art, but not our kind of art! There’s a natural synchrony here.”