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SOL (2004)

The project was developed together with, Frank Halbig -> , Jesper Munk Jensen, and Thorbjørn Lausten -> . The installation SOL is an visual and acoustic transformation of four datasets from the sun. They are Medium Level Solar Radiation, various measurements of Solar Wind, the distribution of Sunspots, as well as the Solar Magnetic Mean Field. The measurements are recorded partly in daily rhythms, and partly in the rhythm of a solar rotation. All sets of data correlate with one another not in a simple linear way, but by showing complex patterns of interaction. The measured data cover a time period of 22 years and can be perceived within one hour. This corresponds to two sun cycles. There is a precise relationship between the data and their visual and acoustic appearance so that the character of the data is maintained and different dynamic behaviour can be rediscovered in the installation. The installation consists of four video projections and a four channel audio setup. SOL confronts central issues of art, science, and philosophy, which are steadily gaining in importance in an era of society’s continual move in the direction of technoimagination.
A technical representation is clearly no longer an image or a sound of a thing or a natural, generally known phenomenon, but is instead, increasingly becoming the only way to make complex phenomena, often encountered as mere data, more accessible. By transforming scientific data in a clear and comprehensible way into new media, the project SOL would like to show that sounds and images can take on a crucial function in the exact sciences, and how our experience of reality depends on the interaction of symbolic forms and the development of the representation of technology.