Arts @ CERN

“We believe that particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe. The two fields are natural creative partners for innovation in the 21st century.” (Koek 2014)

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The Sensualization of the Inaccessible
Eno Henze ( Germany ), 2009

Arts @ CERN is CERN’s new Cultural Policy for Engaging with the Arts. CERN are the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. The organisation is probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments (the LHC) to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles that form the universe. Arts @ CERN is an outreach program who “believe that particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe. The two fields are natural creative partners for innovation in the 21st century.” (Koek 2014).

They offer an artist residency scheme and having been involved in many partnerships and collaborations. In particular not only is this an interesting avenue for taking my work forward, it is also an excellent source of inspiration for art focussed on the link between particle physics and art and like-minded artists.

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Origins
Philip Glass and Frans Lanting (USA and Netherlands) , 2008

In the above piece, composer Philip Glass collaborated with Frans Lanting (photos), and is a multimedia piece that was exhibited to celebrate the opening of the LHC which aims to express “the wonders of the cosmos and the glory of life on earth.” (CERN 2014). In the image at the top of the page Eno Henze has produced “An LED wall that autonomously produces discharges that could be identified as traces in a particle detector.” (CERN 2014).

All of these works explore the topic I am researching and link the science and art in visual and sonically pleasing ways. These are real sources of inspiration and demonstrate effective ways of combining art and science in a variety of mediums. In one respect these works have real similarities with the work I aim to create although my choice of medium will hopefully be an immersive visual and audio installation, which enables interaction with the audience.

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