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SETI AIR Newsletter - November 2021

SETI AIR Newsletter - November 2021

AIR News November 2021




Bettina Forget

One of the SETI AIR program’s missions is to introduce the research taking place at the SETI Institute to a wider audience. Our artists in residence do a phenomenal job of transforming abstract scientific data into embodied experiences which invite viewers to reflect on the philosophical implications associated with the Institute’s research. This fall, some of their projects are being presented at exhibitions worldwide: Zeinab Alhashemi’s kinetic sculpture Takween is part of EXPO 2020 Dubai, Interspecifics are showing a selection of their AI-based work in Shanghai, China, and I am participating in a media art festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia with my project Exoplanet Zoo

If international travel is not on your menu right now, you can opt for an online event: The conference Earth at the Crossroads united scholars, journalists, artists and activists in conversations that explored what the search for alien life may reveal about the future of life on Earth. The event featured performances by DXTR SPITS (Jordan Holmes), Felipe Perez Santiago, and Daedelus (Alfred Darlington). Details below. 

Wherever the autumn winds take you, stay healthy and safe,



Artist Spotlight


SETI Artist in Residence Zeinab Alhashemi

Dubai-based SETI AIR Zeinab Alhashemi sees geometry as a universal language that connects art, mathematics, and philosophy. She has become known for her large-scale, site-specific art installations that deconstruct the viewer’s understanding of their surroundings and introduces an alternative point of view. Her most recent work is the kinetic sculpture Takween, which is is currently being exhibited at the EXPO 2020 Dubai. See more of her work at

EXPO 2020 Dubai 
Sustainability Pavilion 
October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022





Takween: Geometry and Creation

Zeinab Alhashemi discusses the creative process that lead to the creation of her work Takween.



SETI AIR Artist News & Events


Earth at the Crossroads:
Can the Study of Other Worlds
Help Us Save This One?

This conference was organized by Bill Diamond and Jonathon Keats in collaboration with Georgetown University. Among the many fascinating panels were presentations by SETI AIRs DXTR SPITS (Jordan Holmes), Felipe Perez Santiago, and Daedelus (Alfred Darlington).

(Video skips to the 3:56 hour mark to go straight to the artist’s presentations). 


Codex Virtualis

AI Delivered: Redemption

November 12, 2021 - February 27, 2022

Chronus Art Center (CAC) 
BLDG.18, No.50 Moganshan Road, 
Shanghai, China

Exhibition curated by SETI AIR Advisor 
Zhang Ga 

Featuring Codex Virtualis and other works by SETI x AI Residency artist collective Interspecifics 


Bettina Forget

CYFEST 13: Cosmos and Chaos

November 11 - 28, 2021 

CYLAND International Media Art Festival
Stieglitz Academy of Art and Design
13 - 15 Solyanoy Lane
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Bettina Forget presents her art project Exoplanet Zoo:


And the lecture Exoplanet Zoo: Reimagining Taxonomies:





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