Solar Cycles

Figure 1. Florent Di Bartolo, Solar Cycles, 2020.

Solar Cycles is an audiovisual installation about the sun activity. It is composed of three different elements. A video projection, a set of engraved plexiglass plates and a sound composition.

The video projection displays visual animations whose appearance and behavior are built upon data retracing the magnetic activity of the sun from 1848 to the present day.

The set of engraved plates acts as a monitoring system by reflecting this activity. Each of them can be individually lit up. Together they show a full solar cycle. Their animation through light shows variations in the intensity of the cycle being interpreted. It also displays the travel made through this cycle to slowly reach the next one.

Cycles Solaires est une installation audiovisuelle qui porte sur l’activité solaire. Elle est composée de trois éléments principaux : une vidéoprojection, une série de plaques de plexiglass gravées ainsi qu’une composition sonore.

La vidéoprojection montre une composition visuelle dont l’apparence comme le mouvement réagissent à un ensemble de données retraçant l’activité magnétique du soleil de 1848 à nos jours.

Les différentes plaques de plexiglass réfléchissent l'activité du soleil. Elles peuvent être individuellement éclairées. Ensemble, elles représentent un cycle solaire entier. Leur éclairage retrace les variations d’intensité de l’activité solaire. Il sert aussi à indiquer le trajet effectué à l’intérieur de chaque cycle avant d’atteindre le prochain.

Figure 6. Florent Di Bartolo, Solar Cycles, Audiovisual Installation, 2020.

About the author

Florent Di Bartolo is an artist and researcher based in Paris. His work includes audiovisual performances, installations and interactive data visualizations. His artistic practice revolves around the notion of data poetics in the context of ubiquitous computing and explore alternative ways of representing and accessing data using sensors and custom written software.

He holds a PhD in Digital Art from Paris 8 University and a BA in Fine Art from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts located in Paris. He teaches new media art and graphic programming at the University Paris-Est.