Michaela Gleave with Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong
A Galaxy of Suns is a collaboration between visual artist Michaela Gleave, composer Amanda Cole, and new media artist and programmer Warren Armstrong. Between them they have presented installations, performances and exhibitions throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America, with previous performances of A Galaxy of Suns taking place as part of Dark Mofo, Tasmania, the 2016 Bristol Biennial, UK, Melbourne Festival, and Cementa 17, NSW. Their app has been launched globally.
The Altitude Project
Operating on a galactic scale this project is a collaboration across contemporary art, music, astronomy and design. In an installation unique to the Linden Observatory, A Galaxy of Suns played the stars as they passed across the sky immersing audiences in a field of sound.
A Galaxy of Suns is a digital sound and performance project that ‘plays’ the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the horizon – for any location on Earth. Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, A Galaxy of Suns documents in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data to create a composition unique to their location in space and time. Using GPS data, the project takes parameters such as location on the horizon, brightness, size, age and chemical composition of stars, and translates them into aesthetic variables including rhythm, pitch, volume, panning and timbre.
Photograph by Silversalt Photography. Image courtesy the artists and Anna Pappas Gallery.