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Submitted as: research article 04 Feb 2020

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SSFX (Space Sound Effects) Short Film Festival: Using the film festival model to inspire creative art-science and reach new audiences

Martin O. Archer Martin O. Archer
  • School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Abstract. The ultralow frequency analogues of sound waves in Earth's magnetosphere play a crucial role in space weather, however, the public is largely unaware of this risk to our everyday lives and technology. As a way of potentially reaching new audiences, SSFX made 8 years of satellite wave recordings audible to the human ear with the aim of using it to create art. Partnerting with film industry professionals, the standard processes of international film festivals were adopted by the project in order to challenge independent filmmakers to incorporate these sounds into short films in creative ways. Seven films covering a wide array of topics/genres (despite coming from the same sounds) were selected for screening at a special film festival out of 22 submissions. The works have subsequently been shown at numerous established film festivals and screenings internationally. These events have attracted diverse non-science audiences resulting in several unanticipated impacts upon them, thereby demonstrating how working with the art world can open up dialogues with both artists and audiences who would not ordinarily engage with science.

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SSFX integrated research into Earth's space environment into culture through independent film. By running a film festival challenging filmmakers to incorporate the sounds of space into short films, creative works were produced which have gone on to be screened at numerous established film festivals and events internationally. These events introduced non-science audiences to this area of research which affects their everyday lives, having several unanticipated impacts upon them.
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