MAKING CONTACT: SETI Artists in Residence Program Inaugural Group Show at NUMU Los Gatos thru March 5th, 2017.

by Martin Wilner

This group exhibition features artists from the SETI Artist in Residence (AIR) program, including Danny Bazo, George Bolster, Charles Lindsay, Marko Peljhan, Rachel Sussman, Martin Wilner and Karl Yerkes. Making Contact marks the first SETI AIR group exhibition.

The SETI Institute and The New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) present MAKING CONTACT, a group show featuring seven of the SETI Institute’s artists and their work. SETI AIR began in 2010 after a chance meeting between Dr. Jill Tarter and artist Charles Lindsay. Our artists in residence program has now put a dozen artists in close contact with SETI Institute scientists, creating new friendships and first rate contemporary art in the process. Several SETI Institute artists also have work on view at the Massachusettes Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA) in the group show Explode Everyday: an Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, curated by Denise Markonish.

Please join us at NUMU on November 5th at 3 pm for a panel with the artists and scientists including Charles Lindsay, Jill Tarter, Martin Wilner, Oana Marco, Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes, Marco Peljhan, Friedemann Freund, Rachel Sussman, Jon Jenkins, Mark Showalter and George Bolster. Event information can be found at

by Charles Lindsay

SETI AIR Exhibited Works

The artist team of Danny Bazo, Marko Peljhan and Karl Yerkes has created Somnium which examines both the micro and macro when considering planetary potential within a swath of the universe captured by the Kepler telescope. George Bolster’s film, The Moon, McMoons, and The Moon Museum illuminates our human endeavors to preserve culture relating to our fascination with the Moon. Charles Lindsay’s inter-active sculptural works re-purpose technology and original Apollo era photographs to create devices and documents suggestive of alternate futures. In exploring the origins of our universe, Rachel Sussman integrates intention into the quest to understand the nature of the cosmos and our role as its inhabitants. Artist and psychiatrist Martin Wilner renders his series of monthly conversations with SETI scientists using a calendar format, creating spectacular illustrated diaries of correspondence with his subjects.

Making Contact is generously supported by The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Applied Materials Foundation, The SETI Institute, Montalvo Arts Center and The Lucas Artists Residency Program. NUMU gratefully acknowledges support from the Town of Los Gatos and its many donors and members. Additional funding provided by UBS.

by Rachel Sussman

Please also join Charles Lindsay, Jill Tarter, Franck Marchis and Cynthia Phillips at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 9th for this far reaching discussion:

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