What is Solarium?
Solarium is a large-scale, site-specific digital video installation depicting the sun. The images are sourced the same data scientists use to study the sun, as see by a NASA spacecraft called the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Solarium is not just footage, but rather an an immersive experience specifically intended for large format viewing. Considerations for the footage, audio, and the manner in which it is exhibited are of equal importance. It is can be scaled for one to three wall. Custom sizes and codecs can be created where appropriate. Institutions are responsible for providing hardware, as well as exhibit space and maintenance.
Solarium has lit up science museums, art institutions, internal agency events, and public spaces. The exhibits list includes The American Museum of Natural History, The Center for Creative Photography, The Louisiana Art and Science Museum, and various art festivals around the country.
I initiated, manage, and market the project. The branding and outreach plan are my own work, as is much of the photography of Solarium at various venues. Even though I am the lead producer on Solarium, but the footage itself is made possible with the support of my team, fellow producer and editor Scott Wiessinger and data visualizer Tom Bridgman.
To see the official NASA site about the installation, please visit www.nasa.gov/solarium.
Solarium photos and Resources
See how audiences have enjoyed Solarium at various locations: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11745
Solarium TEDx Talk
Solarium in the News
Clark Planetarium: Salt Lake City, Utah (semi-permanent through 2026, beginning Oct. 22, 2016)
Virginia Air and Space Center: Hampton, Virginia (permanent exhibition, beginning July 1, 2015)
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center - Visitor Center: Greenbelt, Maryland (permanent exhibition, beginning Feb. 11, 2015)
March 24, 2018: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York
August 18-21, 2017: Newberry Eclipsefest - Newberry Opera House, Newberry, South Carolina
August 17-21, 2017: Fort Houston, Nashville, Tennessee
March 18, 2017: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York
December 2016: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, Wisconsin
July 15-17, 2016: Artscape, Baltimore, Maryland
April 30 - May 3, 2016: Filmatic Festival, San Diego, California
March 19, 2016: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York
October 10, 2015 - Spring 2016: Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
May 31, 2015: World Science Festival, Ultimate Science Street Fair, New York City, New York
January 31-May 17, 2015: Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
March 21, 2015: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York
November 1-30, 2014: Georgia State University’s Window Project, Atlanta, Georgia
September 13, 2014: King Street Arts Festival, Alexandria, Virginia