Solar Systems

Solar Systems by Semiconductor
An exhibition curated Lighthouse for Brighton Digital Festival 2011, UK
3 September – 15 October 2011
http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/semiconductor-solar-systems

Some artists are just a dream to work with and Brighton-based digital artists and filmmakers, Semiconductor are just that. I have worked with Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) on multiple occasions, including commissioning new work for exhibitions in Spain and years later in Singapore.

Solar Systems was an exhibition I co-curated for the inaugural Brighton Digital Festival, which I was a co-founder of.  Solar Systems drew together three recent installations by Semiconductor that explore our relationship with our nearest star, the Sun.

Heliocentric is a stunning single channel digital video installation made from time-lapse photography and astronomical tracking of the Sun’s trajectory across a series of landscapes.
The highly acclaimed Black Rain (pictured above) uses images collected by the solar satellite STEREO, which studies the solar wind and the Sun’s coronal mass ejections, as they head towards Earth.
The rarely seen Out of the Light (pictured below) is a time-based sculpture which shows how celestial events, such as a solar eclipse or the transit of Venus, can reveal themselves through the play of light and shadow.

These works are emblematic of the Semiconductor’s ongoing investigation of the natural world, which has resulted in major works on astronomy (Brilliant Noise, 2006), and geology (Worlds in the Making, 2011). Their unique approach has won them fellowships and residencies in significant scientific locations such as NASA’s Space Sciences Lab, the Galapagos Islands and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited globally including Venice Biennale, The Royal Academy, Hirshhorn Museum, BBC, ICA and the Exploratorium.

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