Model Earth is a cosmology of form appropriated from the sciences.
The audio and video presented here are rhythmic collages constructed from files found online. Source audio files include radio astronomy, archived field recordings of animals and people, records of spaceflight, data sonification, and other audio research. Source imagery consists primarily of animated gif files, including simulated visualizations of geology and other Earth sciences, physical and mathematical models and diagrams, as well as direct visualizations of raw data. It is important to note that by appropriating various simulations performed on supercomputers, this video is a most highly computation-intensive visualization.
The evolution of sentient beings on this planet has resulted in a period of destructive planetwide ecological and climactic change comparable to past mass extinctions. These events are related to the emergence of a forum of information exchange, our conscious minds, which is currently being expanded into global computational infrastructure.
As a methodology of correlating the contents of mind to nature, Science is critical to this process. Scientists model the world both so that we can come to understand it, and so that we can exploit it. The evolution of mind and the scientific method has enabled the universe to see itself clearly and has alleviated some of the suffering in some of our lives, but has also resulted in much additional suffering and the destruction of a great deal of the beautiful complexity of this planet.
It is the artist's intention to question the ethics of the scientific representations of the world. The way we represent the world influences the way we see the world. We cannot change our relationship with the world unless we examine the nature of our perceptions. The emotional tone of this video naturally emerged from the source files.
What is the tone of this work? What does this say about the process of our recreating the world?
20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.
05.00 minutes. / HD / 2011
HD single channel and HD 3D single channel.
20Hz is co-commissioned by Arts Santa Monica + Lighthouse . Supported by the British Council.
Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy. After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun's finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. This grainy black and white quality is routinely cleaned up by NASA, hiding the processes and mechanics in action behind the capturing procedure. Most of the imagery has been collected as single snapshots containing additional information, by satellites orbiting the Earth. They are then reorganised into their spectral groups to create time-lapse sequences. The soundtrack highlights the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface, by directly translating areas of intensity within the image brightness into layers of audio manipulation and radio frequencies.
Lots more info here: semiconductorfilms.com/root/Brilliant_Noise/BNoise.htm
...this version suffers a bit from the internet compression. The original version is much better.