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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Video of the Day: The Sound of Science

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Charles Lindsay
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Since 2006, Silicon Valley's ZERO1 Biennial has offered guided tours of the Möbius strip running through art and technology. During the last festival this took the form of a zip line strung over a man-made marsh, a drive-in theater built out of salvaged cars, and a multi-media banquet based on 17th century Dutch still-life paintings, as well as 100 avant-garde artists, from Mexico's LARP detractor Brody Condon to the UK collective Blast Theory. If you are curious but, as of yet, uncommitted to the commute, The Sound of Science offers a mind-bending pairing between the Exploratorium's Swiss artist-in-residence Pe Lang and SETI's first artist-in-residence Charles Lindsay.

Currently working on a kinetic sculpture for Pier 15, Lang is fascinated by the voice of mechanical phenomena. Tonight, Lang performs "cl_loop" using a handmade electromagnet and sensor to channel the different tones emitted by magnets as they meet assorted materials. While trained as an exploration geologist, Lindsay received his Guggenheim Fellowship for photojournalism. As an artist he builds sculptures out of salvaged scientific equipment and performances out of appropriated recordings and video. Tonight, he offers a meditation on the emotional impact of experience mediated by technology, and a multi-media rumination on beyond-the-point-of-return space exploration (something being deliberated at NASA and DARPA).

Presentations begin Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at swissnex, 730 Montgomery (at Columbus), S.F. Admission is $10-$15.

Below is a kinetic art piece by Pe Lang involving a kind of hypnotic, magnet choreography.

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