Semiconductor: Brilliant Noise

5 June–31 July 2010

Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) worked with raw satellite data to make Brilliant Noise, their video portrait of the Sun. Sifting through thousands of computer files in the data vaults at NASA, they reorganised still images from Earth-orbiting satellites into time-lapse sequences. The images contain interference from a variety of natural and man-made sources. The sound is natural solar radio, with white noise coming from cosmic rays hitting the satellite camera's CCD. Embracing artifacts from the capturing process, they create a unique view of the electromagnetic universe and the technologies we use to see it.