Heliocentric is a new commission looking at the sun, the source of earth’s energy and life. By tracking the sun from dawn to dusk across different landscapes, including locations around the Kielder Forest, we can observe the earth’s rotation in contrast to the common impression that the sun is moving across the sky. Heliocentric is by Semiconductor, Brighton-based artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt and features a soundtrack by musician BJ Nilsen. The exhibition also includes a selection of earlier moving-image works by Semiconductor, including work made as a result of their residency at the NASA Space Sciences Lab in California, 2005-6.
The single screen version of Heliocentric premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010 in competition.
Semiconductor is artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships such as the Gulbenkian Galapagos, Smithsonian Artists Research and the NASA Space Sciences. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited globally including at the Venice Bienniale; Royal Academy, London; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; ICA, London and with the BBC.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10. Exhibition produced by AV Festival 10 in partnership with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. World Premiere.
Preview: Tue 9 March 2010, 6-8pm
Fri 5 March – Sat 1 May 2010
City Library and Arts Centre
Sunderland SR1 1RE
Mon & Wed 9.30am-7.30pm
Tue, Thu & Fri 9.30am-5pm