Friday, April 27, 2018, 7 p.m.
TICKET PRICES : General: $10. Students: $5.
Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Chris Wilcox to RSVP.
VENUE: Historic Villa
Join us for part 2 of our program Life Beyond Earth as we explore groundbreaking initiatives in which artists and scientists are being brought together to share ideas and explore central questions about life in the universe.
Moderated by Lucas Artists Program Curator Donna Conwell, this conversation brings together SETI Institute’s CEO Bill Diamond, Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research Jill Tarter, SETI Institute’s AIR Program Founder and Director Charles Lindsay, and visual artist Jen Bervin as they discuss the SETI Artists in Residency Program.
Engrossed in the business of everyday life it is easy to forget that we are floating on a relatively small blue and green planet, in an immense and mysterious cosmos circling one star among hundreds of billions. But whenever we take a moment to reflect on the vastness of the universe and our place in it, some persistent and unanswered questions arise: Are we alone? Where and why does life flourish? Will we ever make contact with civilizations beyond our own? In 2010 visual artist Charles Lindsay and Jill Tarter founded the SETI Artists in Residency Program with the aim of facilitating the fruitful and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas about these and other questions between artists and scientists. The Artists in Residency Program expands upon the SETI Institute’s mission to explore, understand, and explain the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe. Over the past seven years, artists from around the United States have developed new and compelling work in dialogue with SETI scientists that range from using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope to explore the question "What might an observer on Earth see while they gaze at the many other possible Earths which exist within our galaxy?" to creating a poem for an interstellar dust cloud.
We will also welcome newly selected SETI Artist in Residence composer Felipe Pérez Santiago who is in the early stages of developing a new ambitious live musical project Earthling!
This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at blog.montalvoarts.org.
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