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Installations presented on 2024

Helios 2024
By Dan Tapper
January 14 to April 1, 2024. Open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday to Monday.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Helios 2024 is a celebration of the sun in its phase of solar maximum by audiovisual artist Dan Tapper. The exhibition gathers solar data from space organizations, as well as utilizing Tapper’s DIY devices that encode solar data into lo-fi playable records and reveal radio spectrum from the earth’s ionosphere and space.

The data captured ranges from realtime images captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) to quantitative mappings of daily sunspots accessed as spreadsheets of data. These images and datasheets are analyzed to extract key information about the sun and to create virtual simulations of the sun alongside new sounds and images.

Tapper’s DIY devices capture a less cosmic radio soundscape. Coils of wire translating radio naturally produced by the earth’s ionosphere into clicks, crackles, pops and hums. This radio spectrum includes a clicking chorus of lightning from all around the world as well as the ionospheres interaction with the sun at high levels of solar activity.

Helios 2024, moves between directly representational sound and imagery of the sun and more abstract experimentation, this interplay lets us sit in a transient space, imaging and imagining the sun through meditative static.
Dan Tapper is an artist and creative technologist interested in the intersection between information and experience. His work focuses on the unseen and unheard, using radio and imaging technologies to capture the sounds of the earth’s ionosphere, map supernovas, and capture microscopic worlds. By utilizing elements of conceptual art and science in his work, Tapper draws attention to the unperceived wonders that surround us and the poetry that can be found in data.