Horizon Festival – 10 arts-fuelled days // 23 Aug - 1 Sep 2019
Queensland Premiere

A Galaxy of Suns

Queensland Premiere

A Galaxy of Suns

A Galaxy of Suns is a spectacular 32-part choir performance that ‘sings’ the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the 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.

Operating on a galactic scale this project is a collaboration across contemporary art, music, astronomy and design. A Galaxy of Suns works with the native potentials of smart device technology to create a unique experience of the cosmos accessible to audiences wherever they find themselves in the world.

Using GPS data, the project works 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. Whilst it creatively interprets science, A Galaxy of Suns is not an illustrative, literal or educational translation of data. Rather, it is a celebration of beauty and wonder at the ultimately inaccessible and intangible nature of the stars.

Featuring award winning local choir, Oriana Choir.

Artist Talk
Join artist Micheala Gleave post show at 6.30pm to learn more about this stunning artwork and performance. 

Images: Lucy Parakhina

What to Bring

  • Picnic blanket + food
  • Warm clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch

No BYO. Cash bar onsite with a selection of light refreshments available.

“This otherworldly experience evoked truncated lightyears and consideration of one’s solitary insignificance in the cosmos.”

Trevor H. Smith, Visual Arts South West

Partners

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 Cultural Heritage Levy.