Synapse Lecture: Charles Lindsay

September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

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Charles Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, ecosystems, semiotics and humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment, photographs and videos. His career trajectory has been diverse, ranging from exploration geology in the Arctic to photojournalism in the jungles of southeast Asia. He invented a carbon-based imaging process and merged that with sound and sensors to create immersive installations.

Lindsay serves as the SETI Artist in Residence Program Director. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Artist in Residence at Imagine Science Films, and the innovator behind OSA EARS – a project designed to deliver real-time sound from one of the world’s most bio-diverse rain forests to anyone anywhere via Internet. His work has been profiled by WIRED, Motherboard,, Viralnet, NPR, and CNN International.

Works from the FIELD STATION, an evolving hybrid installation, are on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018.

Carbon, by Charles Lindsay

Carbon, by Charles Lindsay, Available for purchase in the Museum Shop. $50 ($40 for members) Meet the artist and get your copy signed after the Synapse Lecture.

About Carbon
Over the last decade Charles Lindsay has been exploring the micro- and macrocosms of the universe through the most elemental components of photography: surface, emulsion, and light. The cameraless works in Carbon form a world unto themselves, referencing the essence of life—animal, vegetal, and mineral—on this planet, and imagining possible connections with intelligence systems known and unknown.

image: Charles Lindsay, Sputterer, from FIELD STATION, 2016-17, courtesy of the artist

The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.

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