Data of two Suncycles

1978 - 2000.

Visuals and Sound from

Florian Grond, Frank Halbig,

Jesper Munk Jensen and Thorbjørn Lausten.


The project Sol deals with the transformation of scientific data into media that many areas of science have hardly used. To be specific, solar data is converted into acoustic and visual form with emphasis being placed on a clear relationship between the data and what is seen and heard.
The Installation is based on four different sets of data. They are Medium Level Solar Radiation, various measurements of Solar Wind, the distribution of Sunspots, as well as the Solar Magnetic Mean Field. All sets of data correlate with one another not in a simple linear way, but by showing complex patterns of interaction. Since these interactions occur in time, media that are also time-based, like for example sound and the moving image are the most suitable for their conversion. The measurements are recorded partly in daily rhythms, and partly in the rhythm of a solar rotation.

The installation confronts central issues of art, science, and philosophy, which are steadily gaining in importance in an era of society’s continual move in the direction of technoimagination.
A technical representation is clearly no longer an image or a sound of a thing or a natural, generally known phenomenon, but is instead, increasingly becoming the only way to make complex phenomena, often encountered as mere data, more accessible. By transforming scientific data in a clear and comprehensible way into new media, the project »Sol« would like to show that sounds and images can take on a logical function in the exact sciences, and how our experience of reality depends on the interaction of symbolic forms and the development of the representation of technology. The project was developed by Florian Grond, Frank Halbig, Jesper Munk Jensen, and Thorbjørn Lausten.