During the research and development stage, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) developed a series of site‐specific sculptures based on visualisations of the rich research data collected in and around the Forestry Commission’s forests and woodlands. They have been working with a climate change research scientist at Alice Holt Forest and Research Station exploring the data produced by the latest field research and ways of transforming data into sculpture. They have visited the forest canopy via a 26m high Flux Tower which captures data on the carbon dioxide uptake by the forest.
For the exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, Semiconductor blended art and science with a sculptural film installation based on the data gathered by charting a canopy of trees through a year.
In late October 2014 they unveiled their first ever public sculpture at a carefully selected site at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey. The spherical piece is based on one year’s worth of data collected from the top of the flux tower, located nearby in the research forest at Alice Holt. Their work considers scientific data as a means of understanding the environment, and explores the relationship between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it. Through a process of re-contextualising the data, it becomes abstract in form and meaning, talking on sculptural properties.
Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt founded Semiconductor in 1999. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. During 2014 Semiconductor have installed Play of Light, their first site-specific moving image installation commissioned for Chichester Festival Theatre, and have sat on the jury panels for the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, and Prix Ars Electronica for Computer Animation, Film and VFX. They have also produced a commission for ArtScience Museum, Singapore for a Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition, which opened in November 2014.