RUTH JARMAN AND JOE GERHARDT

Художники Рут Джарман и Джо Герхард
magnetic movie
semiconductor

source: semiconductorfilms

Semiconductor is artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships such as the Gulbenkian Galapagos, Smithsonian Artists Research and the NASA Space Sciences. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited globally including Venice Bienniale, The Royal Academy, Hirshhorn Museum, BBC, ICA and the Exploratorium.
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source: semiconductorfilms

The secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries . All action takes place around NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, to recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries . Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers’ produced by fleeting electrons . Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world?.
Awarded the Nature Scientific Merit Award by Imagine Science Film Festival, New York 2009.
Purchased by the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington for the permenant collection 2008.
Awarded Best Film at Cutting Edge at the British Animation Awards 2008.
Special Mention, Best International Experimental Short at Leeds International Film Festival 2008. Awarded Best Experimental Film at Tirana International Film Festival 2007.
Many thanks to the following people:
Bill Abbett, David Brain, Bob Lin, Janet Luhmann, Stephen Mende, Forrest Mozer, Ilan Roth and Paul Thopmson.
Also big thanks to the CSE team at the Silver Space Sciences Lab. UC Berkeley, USA.
VLF Recordings: Stephen P.McGreevy

Semiconductor’s Magnetic Movie written by Douglas Kahn:

In 1744 a simple experiment was conducted in Sweden to reproduce the underlying cause of the Aurora Borealis in a laboratory, what we would now think of as a room. A small hole in a shade “the size of a large pea” let through a ray of sunlight that then was refracted through a prism. The small patch of light broken into a spectrum of colours then traveled through a medium of turbulent air directly above a warmed glass of aquavit. The resulting image landed on a screen a few short feet away and looked like what was seen dancing in the sky on many long Swedish nights, nature’s sublime entertainment in the real pre-history of cinema.

The experiment concluded that the aurora was caused by a refraction of light through volatile vapors. Straining a rainbow through drunken air may have not proved to be most scientifically accurate recreation of the Aurora Borealis, but it was the “very most beautiful thing that can be arranged in a dark room…flashing beams shoot suddenly up and then transform into colored veils, endlessly changing position between themselves, the one against the other.” The shift in magnitude from the scale of the earth to a miniature in the laboratory was no doubt greased by the remaining aquavit left undedicated to the pursuit of science.

In Magnetic Movie, Semiconductor have taken the magnificent scientific visualisations of the sun and solar winds conducted at the Space Sciences Laboratory and Semiconducted them. Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt of Semiconductor were artists-in-residence at SSL. Combining their in-house lab culture experience with formidable artistic instincts in sound, animation and programming, they have created a magnetic magnum opus in nuce, a tour de force of a massive invisible force brought down to human scale, and a “very most beautiful thing.”

Just as the finicky sun in Sweden was let through a small hole in the shade in 1744, scientists at the SSL at University of California in Berkeley theoretically model, conduct experiments, and develop instruments to study the magnetic fields of the sun. They study them deep inside the sun’s core, their effect on the looping of the corona flaring above its surface (the photosphere, that lights our days), and the solar winds of charged particles that interact with the earth’s own magnetic field, creating the auroral displays at the poles. Magnetic Movie is the aquavit, something not precisely scientific but grants us an uncanny experience of geophysical and cosmological forces.

With Magnetic Movie, Semiconductor have tapped into a new and ancient aesthetic of turbulence. We can hear it in the sounds of natural radio-naturally-occurring electromagnetic signals from the earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere-that course through Magnetic Movie, at times animating the animation, a quick nervous response condensed into static. The sound itself is the product of the combined turbulences of the earth’s molten core, weather systems and electrical storms, ephemeral ionization in the upper atmosphere, and the solar winds. What we hear is underscored with complex and supple orders, in fact, too complex and supple to be ordered. We already have experience of them in the tangible turbulence of water and the crazy convection of fluids combining, tongues of fire and the thermal afterthought of smoke, the ribbons of clouds stiffly blown twisted up a hill. The flux championed by Hericlitus that has awed audiences since antiquity.
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source: pozitronovru

Могут ли лаборатории NASA в Беркли стать арт-объектом? Еще как!

Художники Рут Джарман (Ruth Jarman) и Джо Герхард (Joe Gerhardt) основали в 1999 году нечто вроде цифровой анимационной студии Semiconduktor, работа которой есть совмещение реальности с фантастическим визуальными и звуковыми эффектами, инспирированными научными изысканиями.

Звучит необычно. А еще более необычно выглядит.

Взять хотя бы работу Magnetic Movie, посвященную секретной жизни магнитных полей.
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source: highconcepttistory

가공된 신기한 필름들을 많이 보지만, 실제로 과학적으로 일어나는 현상을 이렇게 실제로 나타내는 것보다 더 신기한 것은 없는 것 같습니다.

이 필름은 UC 버클리의 Space Sciences Laboratory에서 제작되었습니다. Ruth Jarman과 Joe Gerhardt 라는 SSL에 있는 예술가들입니다. 이상하게 들릴지 모르겠지만, 그들의 실험실에서의 경험과 소리, 애니메이션, 프로그래밍 등을 총동원한 예술가적 감성을 결합해서 멋진 필름을 만들어 냅니다. 이번 작품은 우리 생활에서 볼 수 있는 자기장을 시각화한 것입니다. 그 어떤 특수촬영 영화보다도 멋진 영상이 나왔습니다. 이것이 진정한 예술이 아닐까요?
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source: blogelektramontrealca

réalisé en 2007 par Semiconductor, Magnetic Movie est un film d’animation qui joue sur la frontière entre fiction et réalité

à partir d’images captées à la NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratories (UC Berkeley), dans le cadre d’une résidence d’artistes, Ruth Jarman et Joe Gerhardt ont construit une narration documentaire en crescendo et dont la part visuelle, au final, laisse perplexe
mais étrangement, on a envie d’y croire…

déjà primé à deux reprises – en 2007 au Tirana International Film Festival, puis en 2008 au British Animation Awards – Magnetic Movie est l’un des nombreux projets menés par Semiconductor

d’ailleurs, mentionnons Brilliant Noise, film en HD également tourné à la NASA et présenté, en 2006, par le studio californien Recombinant Media Labs, dont le dispositif ‘surround’ dix écrans permet la création d’environnements audiovisuels immersifs