Communicating Astronomy Through Art

What could be more powerful than combining mind-boggling images of the Universe with amazing music?

The Bailey-Salgado Project is an audiovisual ensemble formed in 2010 by musician and composer Tom Bailey and Adler Planetarium astronomer, visual artist and ESO Photo Ambassador José Francisco Salgado. They combine music with photography, video, and motion graphics to create multimedia works that have as subject the physical world.

Their goal is to communicate science through art and inspire audience members to learn more about Earth and the Universe. Their presentations feature high-definition video projection, live and pre-recorded music, as well as short introductions to the science content and creative process behind their works.

You can read more about the project here.

Their first work, Sidereal Motion, is a four-movement film+music work about the night sky as photographed from five astronomical observatories around the world, including ESO. It features awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences and still images shot by Salgado and original music by Bailey. The close correlation between music and visuals results in a work where the combination of these is much greater than the sum of its parts.

The movie will be launched at the Adler Planetarium in May 2011 and it will be presented only during two nights (19 and 20), so I’d say you book those tickets already! 🙂 In the meantime, stay in touch with them on their Facebook page.

Jose Francisco Salgado is the founder of  KV 265, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of science through art to the general public, students, and educational institutions in the United States and around the world.

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