A NEW DAWN FOR SOLAR EQUATION
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's Solar Equation that was commissioned for The Light in Winter 2010 will now rise up in the UK for LUMIERE, a spectacular winter light festival in Durham, 14 - 17 November 2013.
The huge representation of the sun that thrilled Melbournians in 2010 will break a new dawn in the international sphere as Artichoke, one of the UK’s leading creative companies, brings Solar Equation to the UK for the first time.
The international premiere of Solar Equation is the first collaborative endeavour for Fed Square and Artichoke with exciting new projects coming for 2014.
How does it work?
The huge spherical balloon with a 14m diameter is designed by Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has since been enhanced to utilise the latest 3D mapping and animation technology. The animations projected onto the balloon are generated by live mathematical equations that simulate the turbulence, flares and sunspots seen on the sun’s surface. Members of the public can control the solar animations through an iPhone/iPad device in real time.
Why Solar Equation?
"It was not only a superb work of art in its own right, exactly what I expected from an artist of the stature of Rafael Lozano Hemmer, but it also played into Fed Square’s focus on cultivating participatory art practices, initiating unique public experiences and creating a culture of interactivity in the public space. All round, it was a truly awesome piece of work which clearly displayed The Light in Winter’s bold approach to programming and Fed Square’s unique technical capabilities." — Robyn Archer, The Light in Winter Artistic Director.
Who is Artichoke?
"Artichoke works with artists to make large-scale events that bring magic, excitement and a sense of wonder to the widest possible audience. For LUMIERE, our work combines developing local talent with commissions and opportunities for internationally-recognised artists. It’s amazing success speaks for itself, and in 2011 the festival attracted 150,000 visitors from far and wide. Solar Equation will be one of the highlights of this year’s LUMIERE programme of more than 25 installations sprinkled throughout Durham, and we are delighted to include it.” — Helen Marriage, Artichoke Co-Director.