Magnetic Fields in Motion

Photo via Magnetic Movie by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt

In Magnetic Movie, the secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries. All action takes place around NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, to recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries. Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers’ produced by fleeting electrons.

Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt of Semiconductor, artists-in-residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, have taken the magnificent scientific visualizations of the sun and solar winds conducted at the Space Sciences Laboratory and “semiconducted” them.

With Magnetic Movie, the artists have tapped into a new and ancient aesthetic of turbulence. We can hear it in the sounds of natural radio— naturally-occurring electromagnetic signals from the earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere— that course through Magnetic Movie.

Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world?

Magnetic Movie from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

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