Heliocentric by Semiconductor (2010)
Heliocentric by Semiconductor (2010)


3 September – 15 October 2011

The sun is the star in a new show of digital installations, satellite images and CGI.

Solar Systems is a major new exhibition by leading Brighton-based digital artists and filmmakers, Semiconductor. It studies the interactions between our nearest star and Earth. The Sun is observed through three very different technologies – photography, satellites, and CGI.

Black Rain by Semiconductor, installation view, Royal Academy 2010
Black Rain by Semiconductor, installation view, Royal Academy 2010

Solar Systems is Semiconductor’s first major exhibition in the south east for four years. Drawing together three recent installations that explore our relationship with the Sun, Solar Systems is curated by Lighthouse in partnership with Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Digital Festival.

Heliocentric is a stunning single channel digital video installation made from time-lapse photography and astronomical tracking of the Sun’s trajectory across a series of landscapes.

The highly acclaimed Black Rain uses images collected by the solar satellite STEREO, which studies the solar wind and the Sun’s coronal mass ejections, as they head towards Earth.

The rarely seen Out of the Light is a time-based sculpture which shows how celestial events, such as a solar eclipse or the transit of Venus, can reveal themselves through the play of light and shadow.

These works are emblematic of the artists’ ongoing investigation of the natural world, which has resulted in major works on astronomy (Brilliant Noise, 2006), and geology (Worlds in the Making, 2011). Their unique approach has won them fellowships and residencies in significant scientific locations such as NASA’s Space Sciences Lab, the Galapagos Islands and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited globally including Venice Biennale, The Royal Academy, Hirshhorn Museum, BBC, ICA and the Exploratorium.
See their work at: www.semiconductorfilms.com

Dates: 3 September – 15 October 2011

Times: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

Preview: Friday 2 September 5 – 7pm

Venue: Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB: http://www.phoenixarts.org/

Meet The Artists: Thursday 8 September 7pm, Semiconductor talk about their work in this free artist talk at Phoenix Gallery.

Part of Brighton Digital Festival

Solar Systems is part of the PARN project (Physical and Alternate Reality Narratives) which designs, develops, creates, exhibits and analyses contemporary forms for storytelling in a pan-European context. PARN as well as Solar Systems is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme (2007-2013) of the European Union.

Supported by Arts Council England




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