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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Charles Lindsay: FIELD STATION 4

November 5, 2019 – October 17, 2020

Charles Lindsay delves into earth’s geologic and cultural pasts, using scientific equipment salvaged from space exploration and archaeology. His work synthesizes ideas about time, technology, ecosystems, and semiotics. These investigations coalesce in his evolving Field Station installations. Field Station 4 features specimens and artifacts that provoke musings on human perceptions of time and space through inquiries into interspecies communication, music, memory, and artificial intelligence.

Field Station is a response to the dawning Anthropocene Age, the first age in which human activity is dramatically changing the Earth. Climate change, mass extinctions and mass migrations, humans evolving with increasingly intelligent technology, and even the possibility of leaving Earth contribute to the artist’s science fiction-infused vision.

Lindsay is an exploration geologist and artist-adventurer who directs the artist-in-residence program for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in Mountain View, California. The Beach Museum of Art will host the fourth iteration of Lindsay’s Field Station installations. Past Field Stations have been hosted by MASS MoCA, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Akron Art Museum.

Want to know more about the objects in FIELD STATION 4? Check out Smartify, a free smartphone app that helps museum visitors make meaningful connections with the art and artists represented in the galleries. Download Smartify FREE for Apple and Android devices from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. To use it in the gallery, open the app and point the camera at any of the four key objects in Field Station 4. The app will instantly scan and recognize the artwork and load information onto your screen. Happy exploring!

More on Smartify here

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