The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

D+M Visiting Artist Series: Charles Lindsay

Charles Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in technology, eco-systems, semiotics, and esoteric forms of humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment, videos and photographs. Lindsay balances his studio and city time with extended periods exploring remote natural environments.

Educated as an exploration geologist Lindsay is the SETI Institute’s A.I.R. Program Director, 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 with internet. Lindsay’s work has been profiled by WIRED, Motherboard,, Viralnet, NPR and CNN International.

At SETI Lindsay collaborates with astrophysicist Laurance Doyle – who employed information theory and algorithms to prove that humpback whale communications exhibit syntax. “CODE Humpback” interprets this research through sculptural audio / visual works, combining ideas about encrypted signals and inter-species communications. “CODE Humpback” debuted at the Bolinas Museum and will show at MassMoca spring 2016.

Lindsay received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010) for “CARBON” – a hybrid process synthesizing photography and drawing. “CARBON” harnesses the language of high resolution scientific imaging to render ambiguous the micro and the vast, the organic and the digital, the real and the alien. Large scale moving visuals are altered through sensor feedback and modulation to create subtly responsive art / situations where the viewer becomes aware the art knows it is being watched. “CARBON IV” was shown at the LED LAB NYC (2014.)