Brilliant Noise by Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt:
Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy. After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun's finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. This grainy black and white quality is routinely cleaned up by NASA, hiding the processes and mechanics in action behind the capturing procedure. Most of the imagery has been collected as single snapshots containing additional information, by satellites orbiting the Earth. They are then reorganised into their spectral groups to create time-lapse sequences.
Semiconductor developed Brilliant Noise as a multi-stranded project; It exists as a single work and also as a multi-screen installation.
Brilliant Noise installed at Recombinant media Labs. San Francisco August 2006