GA TALK 029 “How to Photograph Enlightenment (Pause translation)” by Charles Lindsay (Artist)

How to Photograph Enlightenment (Pause translation)

GLOBAL ART TALK 029 “How to Photograph Enlightenment (Pause translation)” by Charles Lindsay (Artist)

For Global Art Talk 029 artist Charles Lindsay previews his forthcoming installation at Ryosoku-in Zen Temple. How to Photograph
Enlightenment (Pause translation)
merges ideas about time and memory, AI and sentience, with speculations about the nature of consciousness. Can AI and the block chain become sentient, conscious ―enlightened?
Lindsay will discuss the machine poets he discovered in current translation software, the inherent pros and cons of inter-active art, augmented reality, Zen Koans, and the need to maintain humor and compassion when contemplating ‘art.’
He will also present his proposal for NASA to create Karesansui on Mars.

About the Talk

Time/Date:2021.10.9 SAT 10:30→12:00
Admission:Free (Booking required)

*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available.

Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

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About the Speaker

Charles Lindsay is an artist-adventurer whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, time, eco-systems and semiotics. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment. Lindsay founded SETI AIR, the SETI Institute’s Artists in Residence program, and created three art-works at NASA Ames Research Center. The FIELD STATION is his evolving installation concept. He is a Guggenheim Fellow.
Lindsay recently became Visiting Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts where he is developing the installation How to Photograph Enlightenment (Pause translation) for Ryosoku-in Zen Temple. His research questions if / when Ai will become sentient, self aware, and eventually enlightened. He has lectured and exhibited internationally, most recently at MIT Media Lab’s Beyond the Cradle: envisioning a new space age.


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of the Arts, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding.

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of the Arts is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


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