Semiconductor's beautiful video artwork Brilliant Noise

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 08 June 2010.

The Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia is currently exhibiting the video artwork Brilliant Noise, by British artists Semiconductor. Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt of Semiconductor have been kind enough to share a short version of the video with us.

Brilliant Noise is a portrait of the Sun. Unlike many pictures of the sun which have been ‘shopped’ to remove the impurities and noise effects present in the original footage, Semiconductor have instead used the original untouched images, to illustrate the sun replete with interference from a variety of natural and man-made sources.

The audio accompanying the piece is natural solar radio, with white noise coming from cosmic rays hitting the satellite camera’s CCD.

The overall effect is beautiful and mesmerizing, providing an intimate portrait of our most important celestial object as it actively oscillates through time.

Institute of Modern Art
Brilliant Noise exhibition