Cameras provide one way of observing the universe, while telescopes and satellites provide others. The filmmakers in this program offer cinematic views of the solar system that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Semiconductor (artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) turns mountains of scientific data into extraordinary portraits of the sun, geo-magnetic storms, and solar winds. Jeanne Liotta watches the flow of the cosmos over seven years through a Bolex camera and finds new ways to wonder about the night sky. (2007-12, 48 min. total)
Observando el Cielo by Jeanne Liotta (2007, 19 min., 16mm on video) - Celestial field recordings of the cosmos and magnetosphere let the universe speak for itself. “One of the Best Films of the Decade.” – Film Comment
20 HZ by Semiconductor (2011, 5 min.) - A geo-magnetic storm observed in the Earth's upper atmosphere.
Heliocentric by Semiconductor (2010, 15 min.) - The sun's trajectory tracked across a series of landscapes.
Black Rain by Semiconductor (2009, 3 min.) - Solar winds and CME's (coronal mass ejections) head towards Earth.
Brilliant Noise by Semiconductor (2009, 6 min.) - A secret life of the sun captured by satellite. (pictured)
Preview screening at Adler After Dark on September 20, 6:00 – 10:00 PM at the Adler Planetarium (21+ event, Admission: $12/$17).
For travel and parking information, visit www.adlerplanetarium.org/plan/directions. We recommend taking public transportation.