Catching the Light: Semiconductor remap the sky (as telescopes see it)

Scientists estimate that modern telescopes can look as far as 46 to 47 billion light-years into space. But the images they return aren’t the ones that make the headlines. The ‘observable universe’ is a mediated one: the spectacular views we typically associate with deep space—orange gas giants, sprawling nebulae, crisp star clusters—are heavily edited, colored and stitched together from crude telescope data rarely seen outside the vaults of research institutions. In their latest work, Brighton-based artist researcher duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt) pulls back the shiny veneer of cosmology by animating the source material: Catching the Light (2014) collages thousands of raw telescope images into a sculptural projection that ponders scientific inquiry, technology and representation.

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