June 18, 2020

Bettina is the New Director of the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence Program

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As the SETI Institute celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Artists-in-Residence (SETI AIR) program, Bettina Forget is named Program Director, while Charles Lindsay’s role will shift to Senior Advisor. Forget became Director of the SETI AIR program on June 1st, 2020.

“I am immensely honored and excited to step in as the SETI AIR Program Director,” said Forget. “I have been in the SETI’s Institute’s orbit for a few years now and have seen the AIR program thrive.

It is a constant delight to witness our phenomenal group of artists who create projects situated at the cutting edge of artistic and scienti c practice.”

Forget continued, “I look forward to continuing to explore this shared ground, and I am thrilled that Charles is staying on as Senior Advisor of the program. He has done an extraordinary job setting up and running SETI AIR; I look forward to our collaboration.”

Forget’s vision for the SETI AIR program builds on its existing mandate to fuse art, science, and technology, with a particular focus on SETI research.

“It is important to me that the research that takes place at the SETI Institute is meaningfully reflected in the artworks, performances, and relationships that result from the residency. That means that I will place special emphasis on projects that consider artificial intelligence, ponder the beginnings of life, and critically reflect on our anthropocentric world view.”

Forget will maintain the program’s emphasis on inclusion, ensuring that diverse voices and talents are represented as SETI AIR moves forward. She is also keen to create more visibility for SETI AIR artists during their residency, facilitating their research practice as much as promoting the final artworks. Look out for podcasts, interviews, and artist’s talks as part of the SETI AIR program.

SETI AIR Current Projects

In the last two years, the SETI AIR program has welcomed its first international artists. In 2018 Felipe Perez Santiago from Mexico and Zeinab Alhashemi from Dubai joined the program. Santiago is creating EARTHLING, a contemporary opera made in collaboration with Dr. Jill Tarter. Alhashemi is working with Dr. Mark Showalter and Matthew Tiscareno on several public art projects. SETI AIR’s most recent residents are Chinese artist Xin Liu, electronic musician and DJ Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus, and performer-activist Jordan Holmes aka Dxtr Spits.

About the SETI Institute

Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is a non-pro t, multi-disciplinary research and education organization whose mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence. Our research encompasses the physical and biological sciences and leverages expertise in data analytics, machine learning and advanced signal detection technologies. The SETI Institute is a distinguished research partner for industry, academia and government agencies, including NASA and NSF.

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