As much as we all benefit from it, how many people can say they think about the sun every day? Genna Duberstein and Scott Wiessinger, who work for the Universities Space Research Association at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, absolutely do.
Wiessinger was working on a “best of” montage of Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) footage several years ago when Duberstein viewed it and experienced an epiphany, envisioning what the space for Solarium could look like. SDO captures “Ultra HD” footage of the sun, but the wavelengths are invisible to the human eye. This data is used by scientists, but can be translated into a visible spectrum, which Wiessinger and Duberstein use for the Solarium installation.
Audio from Stanford, which turns the movement of the sun’s surface into a low, rumbling waveform, completes what Wiessinger refers to as the “cocooning” effect of the installation. Evoking a meditative, emotional connection to the sun, Solarium continues to find new sites for exhibition.
SDO Video courtesy of: NASA
Solar Sounds courtesy of: Stanford University’s Michelson Doppler Imager data