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.
Michaela Gleave is a contemporary artist currently living and working in Sydney, Australia. Gleave’s conceptually driven practice spans numerous mediums and platforms, including digital and online works, installation, performance, photography, sculpture and video. Gleave’s projects question our relationship to time, matter and space, focusing in particular on the changing intersections between art, science and society. Returning frequently to the space of the sky as a site for enquiry Gleave’s projects reference natural phenomena and tricks of perception, looking to the edges of experience as a means of better understanding the structures and frameworks that shape our knowledge of the universe. Often-temporal, Gleave’s works oscillate between the micro and the macro, between the spaces of personal experience and global understanding, allowing us to experience the processes by which we comprehend reality and rethink our presence within it.
Glass house Mountains, QLD
31 August 2019
Freemasons Hall, SA
12 October 2018
The Altitude Project
Linden Observatory, VIC
4 November 2017
Melbourne Festival (part of The Score)
Ian Potter Museum of Art, VIC
10 October 2017
Wollemi National Park, Kansas, NSW
7 April 2017
2016 Bristol Biennial
Produced in association with Experimenta Media Arts and Bureau of Works and supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW.