Black Rain

2009 | 00:03:02 | United Kingdom | B&W | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Blu-ray, Science, Technology

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Black Rain is sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, solar mission, STEREO. Here we see the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data as it tracks interplanetary space for solar wind and CME's (coronal mass ejections) heading towards Earth.

Working with STEREO scientists, Semiconductor collected all the HI image data to date, revealing the journey of the satellites from their initial orientation, to their current tracing of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. Solar wind, CME's, passing planets and comets orbiting the sun can be seen as background stars and the milky way pass by.

As in Semiconductor's previous work, Brilliant Noise, which looked into the sun, they work with raw scientific satellite data, which has not yet been cleaned and processed for public consumption. By embracing the artifacts, calibration and phenomena of the capturing process, we are reminded of the presence of the human observer who endeavors to extend our perceptions and knowledge through technological innovation.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Prizes + Awards

Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica 2011

Exhibitions + Festivals

Solo show, FACT, Liverpool, UK,  July 1st – September 11th 2011

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