In addition to the spectacular performance, A Galaxy of Suns is also a smart phone app that pinpoints your location and provides a real-time audio-visual interpretation of the stars as the rise and set above you. Find out more about the app here.
A Galaxy of Suns
A Galaxy of Suns
Join us as we REWIND to this incredibly special performance held at Bankfoot House against a backdrop of Mt Tibrogargan in Horizon Festival 2019.
A Galaxy of Suns is a spectacular 36-part choir performance that ‘sings’ the stars as they rise and set over the 360˚ of our horizon. Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, the work documents in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data in a unique celebration of the majesty and beauty of the cosmos.
Featuring award winning local choir, Oriana Choir, A Galaxy of Suns uses GPS data with parameters such as location on the horizon, brightness, size, age and chemical composition of stars, and translates them into sonic and aesthetic variables including rhythm, pitch, volume, panning, colour and light intensity.
Join lead artist Michaela Gleave on this four-minute recap of the performance as she explains how the work transverses contemporary art, music, astronomy and design. We also feature an audio recording of the post-show artist talk and information about the app so that you can experience A Galaxy of Suns in your own backyard!
“This otherworldly experience evoked truncated lightyears and consideration of one’s solitary insignificance in the cosmos.”TREVOR H. SMITH, VISUAL ARTS SOUTH WEST
Produced in association with Experimenta Media Arts and Bureau of Works and supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW. Presented at Horizon Festival with support from the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy.