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Nov. 13, 2009

The Attraction of Magnetic Movie

by Karen A. Frenkel

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Imagine Science Film Festival’s Nature Scientific Merit Award went to Magnetic Movie, a 4-minute, 47-second short by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt of Semiconductor Films. Theirs was one of 50 films representing 9 countries and selected from over 250 submissions.
Here’s the link to this mysterious work of art, possibly about science and possibly not. More about that in a moment.

The British artists spent five months at the NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley under a fellowship from England’s Arts Council. The film is intriguing both because of its subject and the techniques used to glean information, interpret it, and represent it.

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