Black Rain is a a Semiconductor film by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, solar mission, STEREO. Working with the project 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 Semiconductors 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.
03.00 minutes /HD 16:9 widescreen / 2009
Installation version available: single screen portrait HD / 17 minute loop.
A Semiconductor film by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt.
Data courtesy of the Heliospheric Imager on the NASA STEREO mission.
Commissioned by Animasivo Mexico City
Posted on: 08/06/2010
Posted in: Inspiration