20 Hz


2011 | 00:04:10 | United Kingdom | English | B&W | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Blu-ray, Environment, European Film/Video, Science, Sound

20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.

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Prizes + Awards

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Art & Science Award, 2012

BFI Southbank, Samsung Art+ Prize, 2012


International Film Festival Rotterdam

Exhibitions + Festivals

Antimatter Underground Film Festival, 2012

Athens Internatinoal Film/Video Festival, Athens, OH, 2012

Video Fest (formerly Dallas Video Fest), Dallas, TX, 2012

New York Film Festival, Views From the Avant Garde, 2012

Commissioned for the Invisible Fields Exhibition, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, 2011-12