Interference – a network dropping out, white noise on screens – is seldom welcome. Yet without it, we might not encounter new perspectives or discover new stars. At Jodrell Bank Observatory, scientists regard interference as unhelpful noise or ‘dust’ in the data. But when combining data from multiple telescopes, wave interference models reveal useful data patterns, uncovering phenomena such as pulsars. Using algorithmic techniques inspired by astrophysics wave interference patterns, I̶n̛t͘e͟rf̕e̢ren̵ce transports participants to an organic visual and sonic landscape at the intersection of deep space data and knowledge to seek out dying, spinning stars.
Commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices as part of the COSMOS artist in residence programme at Jodrell Bank Observatory.