Black Rain

– Semiconductor Black Rain (2009, GB)
col., sound, 3’02”, HD Format: 16:9 widescreen
Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) is a duo of audiovisual artists who use digital synthesis for the creation of works where the strong synchrony of sounds and images reveals natural and energy phenomena in constant evolution. Black Rain has been obtained after having collected a series of images from the satellites of the STEREO solar mission. Watching the video one can observe the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data, that explore the interplanetary space in search of solar winds, and CME (coronal mass ejections) hitting and surrounding the Earth. Along with the STEREO mission scientists, Semiconductor have worked with the daily collected data, lighting the way of the satellites from their start to the tracking of the Earth orbit around the Sun. Solar winds, CMEs and planets and comets orbiting the Sun may just be seen like stars on the background, while the Milky Way itself passes by and goes away. Just as they did in Brilliant Noise, their previous work, Semiconductor used raw mathematical data, which therefore were not cleaned and prepared for a public exhibition.
A Semiconductor film by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Data courtesy of the Heliospheric Imager on the NASA STEREO mission