SEMICONDUCTOR presents BRILLIANT NOISE and WHERE HAS THE FUTURE GONE? [CANADIAN DEBUT]Semiconductor makes Sound Films, which are entirely unique art films that reveal our physical world in flux: cities in motion, shifting landscapes, systems in chaos. Since 1999, UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt have been exploring numerous processes of digital animation to produce their experimental films and live animation. Central to these works is the role of sound, which becomes synonymous with the image as one gets created, controlled and deciphered by the other. Like Boris & Brecht Debackere, the artists behind the Semiconductor project and software belong to the burgeoning digital art forum known as Live Cinema. Their most recent creations can be found on the DVD Worlds in Flux, available on Fat Cat Records. They have in the past collaborated with such musicians as Múm, DAT Politics, and Christian Vogel. For this MUTEK showcase, the pair will present two newer works: 2006's Brilliant Noise and Where Has the Future Gone?
Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy with 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. 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.
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Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt who explore the material nature of our world: how we experience it and how we try to create an understanding of it, questioning our place in the physical universe. They often adopt scientific tools, processes and philosophies, encouraging the artifacts, errors and nuances which are commonly inherent in these devices and technologies as a way to reflect on the presence of the human as observer.