Let There Be Light. In their complex video works and installations, the artist duo explore the material nature of our world and the underlying forces and processes behind its physical appearance. Blurring the lines between animation and documentary, they demonstrate how art and science can inspire each other.
The first solo show in Switzerland of the British artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, alias Semiconductor.
The recurring theme in media art of the combination of art and science can be encountered in fascinating ways in Semiconductor's output. Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt illustrate in their video pieces and installations the influence science has over us experiencing and observing the physical appearance of the universe. Jarman and Gerhardt create spaces of imagination that move within the gray zone between documentation and animation. The artistic transfer from scientific material to aesthetic audiovisual forms and structures creates new dimensions of scientific research. The artists hereby speak, in reference to Science Fiction, of "fictional science".
In their complex video works and installations, British artist duo Semiconductor explore the material nature of our world and the underlying forces and processes behind its physical appearance. Blurring the lines between animation and documentary, they investigate how science influences the way we experience the world and demonstrate how art and science can inspire each other.
Semiconductor are Ruth Jarman (*1973, Fareham) and Joe Gerhardt (*1972, Oxford). They live and work in Brighton. Let There Be Light will be Semiconductor's first solo show in Switzerland. The artists will be present at the opening.
The House of Electronic Arts is dedicated to exploring art that applies, addresses and reflects on new media and technologies. As sole successor to [plug.in] Art & New Media and Shift –Electronic Arts Festival, the House of Electronic Arts combines their previous activities and its new agenda under one roof. The House of Electronic Arts also pursues research into how best to conserve, archive and document digital artworks. In early 2011, the Christoph Merian Foundation, the predecessors, and Canton Basel City launched the House of Electronic Arts Basel Foundation as the official Board of Trustees. The new House of Electronic Arts was opened officially on May 27th 2011.
3. May 2013 - 19:00 - 20:00
Artist Talk: Semiconductor & Dr. Inge Hinterwaldner, Friday May 3, 7p.m.
In conversation with Dr. Inge Hinterwaldner, research assistant at the Institute for Art History at the University of Basel and researcher/lecturer at eikones, Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt discuss their artistic strategy of „fictional science“ and their interest in the relationship between scientific images and their representation of the world.
Dominique Spirgi +41 61 3315840 email@example.com
Opening Reception on Thursday, May 2, at 7.p.m.
With an official greeting by Annette Schönholzer, Director of New Initiatives, Art Basel, and an introduction by Sabine Himmelsbach, Artistic Director of HeK
House of Electronic Arts Basel
Oslostrasse 10 Basel / Münchenstein
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09.05.2013: 1p.m. - 5p.m.
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