About this video
The world around us is alive with electromagnetism and ever-changing geometries.
Magnetic Movie is the award-winning film by animator duo Semiconductor presenting the bizarre and turbulent world of electromagnetism.
With distinctive computer animation they depict a hidden world alive with energy: bristling crackles, pops and electromagnetic strangeness.
Filmed at the NASA Space Sciences Laboratory, the video includes audio exerts from interviews with the lab's scientists. This unusual style seems to experiment with the norms of science documentary, blending artistic interpretation with first-hand accounts.
"The secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries"
In addition to the interviews the film also includes VLF audio recordings which are used to generate the impressionistic animations which visualise the hidden electromagnetic activity that surrounds us.
Semiconductor's videos explore scientific subject matter through the use of abstract imagery and sound. Their most recent piece, '20 Hz' uses sound from the CARISMA radio array to generate complex animated patterns. You might also be interested in a Guardian article which explores the basis of their work.