This is the first few minutes from the 15 minute single screen version of Heliocentric. The full version consists of four timelapse pans each spanning the entire solar day.
HD multi-screen installation and single screen version.
A Semiconductor work by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt.
Sound by Semiconductor and BJ Nilsen.
Heliocentric is co-commissioned by AV Festival + Northern Lights Film Festival, UK. The single screen version will premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010 in competition. The multi-screen installation will premiere during AV Festival 2010, at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK. Heliocentric uses time-lapse photography and astronomical tracking to plot the sun's trajectory across a series of landscapes. The entire environment feels to pan past the camera whilst the sun stays in the centre of each frame, enabling us to gauge the earth's rotation and orbit around the sun. As the Suns light becomes disrupted by passing weather conditions and the environment through which we encounter it, it audibly plays them as if it were a stylus.
It is usually all but impossible to visualize how the earth moves around the sun, even though we know it to be true. Instead we 'see' the sun move around us. The 'heliocentric' view of the universe was debated from the third century BC onwards and remained contentious into modern times.
Shooting into the sun creates many intriguing artifacts; lens flares and glare spill over the landscape, white outs burn the image, and colours bleed into one, creating aureoles. The power of the sun still exceeds what both the human eye and the artificial eye of the camera can bear. And whilst our knowledge of the universe is ever-growing, we can only encounter and know it from our own humble vantage point.