SOLARIS


Solarisis an artistic enquiry on geomagnetism, nature and space sensing. It is a research project about solar wind and its invisible effects on the Earth magnetic field, aiming to visualize real time data through the means of light and sound.


Solar wind is a stream of charged particles flowing outward from the Sun, through the solar system at high speeds in a state known as plasma. It is responsible for the overall shape of Earth’s magnetosphere; fluctuations in its speed, density and direction strongly affect Earth’s local space environment.
The extent of the solar wind effects is still undetermined, but we know that solar wind has the power to regularly create auroras by its interaction with earth's magnetic field.






In the installation, ever changing visuals and sounds are generated by the intensity and direction of real time solar wind data (RTSW) from the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite orbiting between the earth and the Sun and primarily monitoring solar activity. This data set is combined with magnetic field data, measured at the exhibition place through a 3 axis magnetometer and used to control the behavior of the audiovisual composition.

The visuals intend to represent wind as a turbulence and interference, connecting the idea of flow of particles with the invisible effects generated by solar activity and the electromagnetic field. The intention is to recreate a parallel between Earth and outer space reversing causes and effects: the geomagnetic noise is here the driving impulse
instead of being the effect.