Michaela Gleave with Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong

Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre

DARK MOFO: 14 – 23 June 2019

CORONAL MASS is a multi-channel sound installation that sonifies auroral monitoring data in real time.  Working with live geomagnetic field data detected 100 km above the surface of the Earth CORONAL MASS maps the impact of solar winds on the ionosphere, tracking the electron exchange that gives rise to the Aurora Australis and Borealis.  Occupying the zone between Earth and interplanetary space this project extends ordinary human perception: an electronically charged chord sweeping through the gallery in a powerful evocation of this immense interplanetary force.


Lead artist: Michaela Gleave

Composer: Amanda Cole

Programmer: Warren Armstrong

Sound Engineering: Bob Scott

Scientists: Martin Connors and Ian Schofield


Records of the data stream can be viewed here:


The project gratefully acknowledges Martin Connors, Ian Schofield and the Athabasca University Faculty of Science and Technology.  Athabasca University’s AUTUMNX magnetometer network is funded through the Canadian Space Agency / Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada program.  

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Salamanca Arts Centre wishes to acknowledge that the Centre stands on the country of the Muwinina people.  In recognition and reflection of the deep history and culture of this island, we also wish to acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, who are the traditional owners and continued custodians of the land and waters of lutruwita (Tasmania).