10 October - 20 December 2020


Earthworks is an Immersive moving image Installation by Semiconductor, who are artists Joe Gerhardt and Ruth Jarman. 


A five-channel computer generated animation, the work creates an immersive experience of the phenomena of landscape formation through the scientific and technological devices that are used to study it.  Masses of colourful layers are animated by the soundscapes of earthquake, volcanic, glacial and human activity, recorded as seismic waves, which form spectacular fluctuating marbled waveforms. The 20 metre screen zig-zags through the space taking over the entire gallery. 


Earthworks makes tangible the immense natural forces captured by seismic data and tackles the way in which geological and human processes are inextricably linked in the Anthropocene.


Opening times:
Wed - Sat: 1-6pm
Sun: 2-6pm

Mon - Tue: closed

Entrance on Ship Street

033 Earthworks at Sonar Planta 7 P120030

Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Over the past twenty years of collaboration they have become known for a unique and innovative body of visually and intellectually engaging artworks, which explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lenses of science and technology. They blend experimental moving image techniques, scientific research and digital technologies creating works which examine the way science can extend the limits of human perception while reflecting upon how we experience the world. They have undertaken fellowship opportunities and residencies at a number of prestigious scientific institutions including CERN, Geneva, Switzerland; Mineral Sciences Lab at The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA; Gulbenkian Galapagos Artists Residency; The NASA Space Sciences Laboratories UC Berkeley, California.

In light of social distancing guidelines, please also note the following:

The capacity of the gallery has been limited to 12. There may be queuing outside the gallery due to the limited capacity.


We are trying to keep everyone who enters the building safe and will therefore be asking everyone to wear masks, hand sanitize on entry and follow social distancing guidelines. 


Track and trace measures will be in effect on entry and we will be asking everyone to leave their details. 


Other things to be aware of:


There will be limited light in the exhibition space, and as sound is an important component of the work it therefore may be loud.

For more information about visiting us please see our Plan Your Visit page

Earthworks is commissioned by SónarPLANTA
Produced by Advanced Music

Seismic data courtesy of the Iris (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) Consortium

With thanks to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival for the loan of rigging and sound equipment