Image courtesy of Matthias H. Risse
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. They make visually and intellectually engaging artworks which explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how these devices mediate our experiences. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships including; Samsung Art + Prize 2012 for new media, Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship and a NASA Space Sciences Fellowship. Exhibitions and screenings include Let There Be Light, House of Electronic Arts, Basel (solo show); Worlds in the Making, FACT, Liverpool (solo show); Da Vinci: Shaping the Future, ArtScience Museum, Singapore; Field Conditions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Earth; Art of a Changing World, Royal Academy of Arts, London; International Film Festival Rotterdam; New York Film Festival; Sundance Film Festival and European Media Art Festival. Their first public sculpture Cosmos was unveiled in October 2014 commissioned by Jerwood Open Forest.
Semiconductor make distinctive and innovative works which push the boundaries of moving image as a visual language. Always looking to extend mans experience of the natural physical world, their works delve into unseen worlds and create visual interpretations of these through self developed technical processes and unique aesthetics. Their works transcend the tools that have been used to make them, instead creating new forms of expression that defy genre and provide new experiences for audiences.
In recent years works have developed from fellowship opportunities which have taken them into unique science laboratories to observe how man creates an understanding of the material world around us, these include; NASA Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley California 2005, Mineral Sciences Laboratory, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History 2010 and the Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos 2010.
Works include; Black Rain, a moving image installation which uses satellite image data to observe the space between the Sun and the Earth, Indefatigable, a moving image work observing scientists at work on the Galapagos Islands and Magnetic Movie, a live action and CGI moving image work exploring the material nature of interplanetary magnetic fields at a NASA space sciences laboratory.
HD limited editions of Magnetic Movie and Brilliant Noise are part of the permanent collections of Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC, USA and the Pompidou Centre, Paris, France. Their work has been exhibited and screened globally including The Royal Academy London, Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC, Venice Biennale Italy, FACT Liverpool , CAC Cincinnati USA, Sundance Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival.