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SETI AIR Newsletter - May 2022

SETI AIR Newsletter - May 2022

MAY 2022 AIR Newsletter




Bettina Forget

It was a great pleasure to attend this year’s Drake Award ceremony in person, our first “in real life” get-together since the beginning of the pandemic. The room was brimming with the excitement of being able to re-connect with our extended SETI family. Our Institute’s scientists, artist, and supporters mingled, caught up on latest news, and exchanged ideas and insights. The SETI community is diverse, and I’m always so delighted that our artists in residence are part of this vibrant conversation. In this edition of SETI AIR News, we are shining a light on the work of Jordan Holmes, aka DXTR SPITS, whose poetry is both thoughtful and exuberant. If you’ve not yet seen his spoken word piece and music video that were part of the Earth at the Crossroads conference, you’ll find it linked below.

Looking forward to catching up with you all “in real life” again soon,



Artist Spotlight


DXTR SPITS (Jordan Holmes)

Jordan "Dxtr Spits" Holmes is a nerd by day and artist and entrepreneur by night. Jordan has a background in Materials Science Engineering from Virginia Tech but is a self taught writer of music and spoken word performed as his alter ego, Dxtr Spits. He founded ONLi Packs in 2017, a backpack and apparel brand that uses print designs from local artists.





Earth at the Crossroads

Watch Jordan Holmes' spoken word piece and a first cut of his video I Need Space. The video also features performances by Felipe Perez Santiago and Alfred Darlington (a.k.a. Daedalus).



SETI AIR Artist News & Events


I Wish I had a Dark Sea

I Wish I Had a Dark Sea

Brittany Nelson

CAP - Centre d'arts plastiques de Saint-Fons, Lyon
Exhibition until May 22, 2022


Xin Liu

The Satellite Chaser: Artist Xin Liu in Conversation

Xin Liu
Interview with Xin Liu about her project The Earth is an Image (2021), her thoughts on art and technology, and the reasons why an artist would venture into outer space.


Modern Piano

Album release: Modern Music for Piano 4

Mike von der Nahmer
This CD features the composition Psychogramm by Mike von der Nahmer.



Jonathon Keats and his Library of the Great Silence: More Autobiographical than Science Fictional

Jonathon Keats Essay about Jonathon’s ambitious concept intended to create meaningful dialogue between people on Earth as well as with extraterrestrial intelligences from other planets.

Xin Liu Terra Alterities

Terra Alterities

Xin Liu Exhibition at the Biosphere 2 in Arizona, featuring Xin Liu’s work Orbit Weaver Part of the Analog Astronaut conference





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