Brighton-based duo, Semiconductor make Sound Films which reveal our physical world in flux; cities in motion; shifting landscapes and systems in chaos. Since 1999 UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt have been at the leading edge, exploring many processes of digital animation to produce experimental films and live animation. Central to these works is the role of sound, which becomes synonymous with the image as it creates, controls and deciphers it; exploring resonance, through the natural order of things. Finely crafted digital work is combined with analogue processes that tailor the randomness and errors within computer systems as co-conspirator.
Inspired by experiments in electronic music in the late ‘nineties Semiconductor started to explore the potential of the computer to unite sound and image. Combining this with their interest in landscape, architecture and the resonance of these, they have completed more than twenty Sound Films to date, exhibiting their work in both gallery installations, at festivals and live / club environments.
Around 2000 Semiconductor started to develop their own audiences through a series of events they curated called E.M.I. [Electro Magnetic Interference], where they brought together electronic musicians and visual artists to collaborate on image and sound based projects, creating a unique platform at this time. In 2001 they released a debut Art DVD ‘Hi-Fi Rise’, a compilation of work that comprised one of the first independently produced DVD-Videos/ROMs compilations.
They then went on to develop a broad range of audiences by working at the intersection of music and art and through opportunities such as a series of Warp records commissions for their Nesh nights; Sound Film performances at international festivals (e.g., Avanto Festival Helsinki, Transmediale Berlin, Images Festival Toronto ); international gallery installations (e.g., Venice Biennale, Prague Contemporary Arts Festival, ICA London); and also through their music videos for people like Aco, DAT Politics, and FatCat artists, Mum and QT? (both of which can be seen in full in our media player). Increasingly recognised as vital and cutting edge practitioners, they have most recently been awarded numerous fellowships, awards and residencies, notably as artists in residence at the NASA Space sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley California.
In 2007, a brilliant DVD compilation of their work, ‘Worlds In Flux’, was released on our Splinter Series imprint to huge acclaim. The same year saw them take their ‘Brilliant Noise’ touring exhibition to galleries across the UK, and they also undertook a large number of screenings and performances, including collaborative events with FatCat peers Hauschka and Antenna Farm.