Brilliant Noise

05 June–31 July 201005 Jun–31 Jul 2010

Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) worked with raw satellite data to make Brilliant Noise, their video portrait of the Sun. Sifting through thousands of computer files in the data vaults at NASA, they reorganised still images from Earth-orbiting satellites into time-lapse sequences. The images contain interference from a variety of natural and man-made sources. The sound is natural solar radio, with white noise coming from cosmic rays hitting the satellite camera’s CCD. Embracing artifacts from the capturing process, they create a unique view of the electromagnetic universe and the technologies we use to see it.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.