Deriving their moving-image artworks from scientific, cosmic and earth sciences-oriented themes and imagery, the United Kingdom-based artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it. Called “Semiconductor,” this duo has won many awards and prestigious fellowships, such as the Gulbenkian Galapagos and the NASA Space Sciences, for their unique approach. Their work is exhibited internationally and their “Magnetic Movie, 2007” is part of the Hirshhorn Museum’s permanent collection. The artists spent three months this past year immersed in the Smithsonian Mineral Sciences Lab as part of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Their insights into volcanoes, meteorites and those who study them, and their perspective on our place in the physical universe, are at the core of a three-screen work-in-progress, “Worlds in the Making.” The artists will discuss this project and the art and science behind nature’s earthworks.
Introduced by Kelly Gordon, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Discussion with Semiconductor artists Joe Gerhardt and Ruth Jarman follows screening.