Semiconductor & QuProCS
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. In their moving image and other art works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how they mediate our experiences. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships including; Samsung Art + Prize 2012 for new media, a NASA Space Sciences Fellowship and the Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award. 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.
Immersing ourselves in science labs and collaborating with scientists has become an integral part of our artistic practice, providing us with rich and fertile opportunities to engage with cutting edge research. For FEAT we are looking forward to being part of the investigative process, where ideas are formed and developed, so that we can explore how science and technologies are formed as a language and as a process. We would also like to research the techniques, theories and materials being employed, to explore how we can relate to these fields of research through our everyday experiences.
Semiconductor will be working with QuProCS who are developing develop a new radical approach to probe complex quantum systems for quantum simulations, based on both quantification and optimization of extractable information.
Sabrina Maniscalco, University of Turku (QuProCS):
Podcast: Ruth Jarman
Ruth Jarman, from the duo Semiconductor, talks about how she and Joe Gerhardt are, in their art, looking for the langage of science and man signature in nature. This journey is then built into their animation films and sound works. She presents and discusses their approach to art and to art and science collaborations and details their specific project in relation to the FEAT residency.