Florent Di Bartolo


Florent Di Bartolo (FR)
Florent Di Bartolo is an artist and researcher based in Paris. His work includes audiovisual performances, installations and interactive data visualisations. His artistic practice revolves around the notion of data poetics in the context of ubiquitous computing and explore alternative ways of representing and accessing data using sensors and custom written software.
The 25th Cycle
  • © RIXC
  • © RIXC
  • © RIXC

The 25th cycle is an audiovisual installation about the 25th solar cycle made with real-time graphics and electronic music composed with modular synthesizers. It uses data about solar activities to animate visual landscapes and filter sound waves using subtractive synthesis.

The interactive installation is composed of :

  1. a sculptural object (composed of multiple plexiglass plates representing a full solar cycle)

  2. a monitoring system (a small screen displaying the raw data being used)

  3. a video projection with spatialized sound


The data being used relates to the solar magnetic activity cycle: a nearly periodic 11-year change in the sun’s activity and appearance. They include changes in the levels of solar radiation and evolution in the number and size of sunspots and flares. Solar cycles have been observed for centuries by changes in the sun’s appearance and by changes seen on Earth’s surface, such as auroras.

The sound landscapes have been composed using the daily total sunspot number available at SILSO and that is tracked since 1755 following the original numbering proposed by Rudolf Wolf in the mid-19th century. The visual elements of the performance are also connected to the data being read to generate the sound landscapes. Several of their parameters are controlled by it in order to create a complex dialogue between image and sound.

EMAP/EMARE grants of Florent Di Bartolo

RIXC (2019)