Eavesdrop on the Sun on Midsummer's Day
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5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun
A temporary, site-specific sound installation by artist Caroline Devine
21 June - 29 July / Free
From today, 21 June, Midsummer’s Day, until 29 July, artist Caroline Devine provides a rare opportunity for people to “eavesdrop” on normally inaudible signals from the very heart of our solar system and to “hear” waves that have been measured on the solar surface, through her latest, site-specific sound installation, 5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun, in the Dome, Theatre District, Central Milton Keynes. The installation can be heard daily between 12 noon and 9pm by anyone walking into the Dome, and is one of numerous exciting Summer of Culture events offered across Milton Keynes this year.
Designed to work specifically within the architecture and acoustic of the Dome, Caroline uses this multi-channel composition to explore naturally occurring radio signals and the solar activity of the sun. Caroline’s work regularly focuses on voices and signals that are obscured, silenced or absent. In the case of 5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun, courtesy of research from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, Caroline has transformed data on the natural resonances present within the interior of the sun into a composition that is punctuated by passages of natural radio emissions.
Caroline Devine was winner of the Milton Keynes Community Foundation’s Arts Bursary Award in 2010 and has exhibited in MK Gallery’s New Art MK group exhibition (summer 2011) and this May participated in the group exhibition Station X, a multi-sensory insight into the derelict buildings of Bletchley Park, shown in MK Gallery Project Space.
5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun has been made possible with public funding from Arts Council England and has received additional support from MK Gallery. The project is part of the Milton Keynes Summer of Culture.
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