Sounds of Science

Artist=researcher? In conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial, Swiss artist Pe Lang and US artist Charles Lindsay perform their liaisons to science.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 19, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Artists, researchers, and engineers are all driven by an innate curiosity to explore, experiment, and play. By sharing tools, processes, and methods with each other, they can amplify their unique perspectives.

Pe Lang, an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium, creates kinetic objects to demonstrate physical and mechanical phenomena, material research, and their sound components. Charles Lindsay is intrigued by our rapid ascent from early primates to astronauts and curious about the role technological evolution plays in all aspects of metacognition and consciousness. Devices increasingly ‘see’ and ‘think’ for us. What does life on earth suggest about what intelligent life might look or sound like elsewhere in the universe?

In conjunction with the ZERO1 Art and Technology Biennial exhibition, where Pe Lang presents two installations, swissnex is hosting the two artists to speak about their artistic processes and perform their “research.”

Pe Lang will perform “cl_loop” using magnets as sound sources with different frequencies and two handmade devices, one that functions as a sensor and one as an electromagnet. Just by moving the magnets, the artist “composes” the sounds created by introducing different materials that alter the magnet’s acoustic qualities.

Lindsay will speak about his hybrid artistic process and installations, followed by a live presentation that stems from his “Trout Fishing in Space” performances. He will perform the live sound and video piece “NEAR(ER),” made in response to research on the emotional variations between direct organic experience versus technologically mediated and processed experience.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  presentation & talk
7:45 pm  performances
8:30 pm  reception & networking
10:00 pm  doors close


Pe Lang

Pe Lang, born 1974 in Sursee, Switzerland, came to kinetic art through experimental music and sound art. His collaboration with the Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) helps him to develop his know-how and skills in microsystems, nanotechnology and high-tech materials.
He has exhibited his work in a variety of international institutions, galleries, and festivals: Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin; Sound and Space, Tokyo; Växjö Art Hall, Sweden; San Francisco Art Institute, USA; Elektra, Montreal; Centro de Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona; bitforms Gallery, New York; Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Lucerne, Switzerland; and Artotheque Gallery & City Hall Caen, France.


Charles Lindsay

Charles Lindsay is the SETI Institute’s first Artist in Residence and a Guggenheim Fellow. He was educated as an exploration geologist, worked in Southeast Asia as a photojournalist, and is now a multi-media artist. Lindsay’s CARBON installations suggest alternate realities through immersive audio-visual works and interactive sculptures built from salvaged scientific and space equipment.


This event is made possible by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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