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For the last ten years, Arts at CERN has fostered dialogue between art and physics at the world’s largest physics laboratory. This podcast brings together artists and physicists who met at the Laboratory to discuss some of the themes that inspire their scientific research and artistic practices.

At CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, scientists probe the fundamental constituents of matter. In 2012, the arts programme of CERN welcomed its first artist in residence. Since then, artists have been invited to CERN to experience how fundamental science pursues the unknown questions about our universe. Join the conversations to find out more about how art and physics collide at the home of the Large Hadron Collider.

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For the last ten years, Arts at CERN has fostered dialogue between art and physics at the world’s largest physics laboratory. This podcast brings together artists and physicists who met at the Laboratory to discuss some of the themes that inspire their scientific research and artistic practices.

At CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, scientists probe the fundamental constituents of matter. In 2012, the arts programme of CERN welcomed its first artist in residence. Since then, artists have been invited to CERN to experience how fundamental science pursues the unknown questions about our universe. Join the conversations to find out more about how art and physics collide at the home of the Large Hadron Collider.

    Extra Dimensions: Julius von Bismarck & Michael Doser

    Extra Dimensions: Julius von Bismarck & Michael Doser

    Ten years ago, Julius von Bismarck was the first artist in residence at CERN. In his work, he explores the way humans perceive natural phenomena and experiments with scientific perspectives. Michael Doser is an experimental physicist at CERN with expertise in antimatter research.
    Together, they discuss the experience of artists at CERN, how physicists peer into the nature of reality and Julius’ upcoming commission for CERN’s Science Gateway, which is inspired by the possibility of a four-dimensional space. 
    The conversation is hosted by Mónica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN.
    Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer for this episode is Georgia Moodie, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.

    • 32 min
    Nature: John Ellis & Semiconductor

    Nature: John Ellis & Semiconductor

    Artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) first came to CERN in 2015. During their time in the lab, they explored the material nature of our physical world and how we experience it through the lenses of science and technology. Joining them in conversation is theoretical physicist John Ellis, with whom they have collaborated.
    Together, they explore Semiconductor’s artworks resulting from their time at CERN – the large scale installation HALO and the film The View from Nowhere – the use of data as artistic material and the limits of scientific research.
    The conversation is hosted by Ana Prendes, Communications and Content Producer at Arts at CERN.
    Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer for this episode is Georgia Moodie, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.

    • 30 min
    Time: Rasheedah Phillips & Dorota Grabowska

    Time: Rasheedah Phillips & Dorota Grabowska

    In 2020, artist and writer Rasheedah Philips received the Collide Award alongside Camae Ayewa as the collective Black Quantum Futurism. They completed a residency at CERN and Barcelona to further their multidisciplinary practice that weaves quantum physics with Afro Diasporic concepts of time. Joining in conversation is theoretical physicist Dorota Grabowska, who works in quantum field theory and met Rasheedah Phillips during their time in the lab.
    Together, they discuss how quantum physics can transform our everyday understanding of time, Black Quantum Futurism’s residency project and exhibition CPT Symmetry and Violations, and how scientific work might impact physicists’ experience of time.
    The conversation is hosted by Mónica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN.
    Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer for this episode is Georgia Moodie, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.

    • 31 min
    The invisible: Rosa Menkman & Helga Timko

    The invisible: Rosa Menkman & Helga Timko

    Rosa Menkman is an artist and researcher specialising in image processing and resolution theory. In 2019 Menkman won the Collide Award, which inspired her work into im/possible images. In this new research, she aims to find new ways to understand, use and perceive through and with our technologies. Joining in conversation is accelerator physicist Helga Timko. She works in the Large Hadron Collider operation team at CERN, the world’s largest particle accelerator, which is getting ready for its third run, called Run 3, after a period of major upgrades.

    Together, they discuss how we can extend our notions of the ‘invisible’, Menkman’s research on im/possible images, and the inherent compromises of image and data processing.

    The conversation is hosted by Ana Prendes, Content Producer at Arts at CERN. Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer for this episode is Rebecca Gaskell, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.

    • 27 min
    Black Holes: Suzanne Treister & Alessandra Gnecchi

    Black Holes: Suzanne Treister & Alessandra Gnecchi

    Over her forty-year career, artist Suzanne Treister has developed a large body of work that engages with unconventional bodies of research focusing on the relationship between new technologies, alternative belief systems and the potential futures of humanity.

    As a winner of the Collide Award, Suzanne was in residence at CERN in 2018 and collaborated with theoretical physicist Alessandra Gnecchi, whose research focuses on supersymmetric theories and black holes. During her time in the Laboratory, Suzanne developed her project The Holographic Universe Theory of Art History. THUTOAH investigates the theory that our universe could be understood as a hologram and hypothesises that artists may have also been attempting to describe the holographic nature of the universe.

    In this conversation, they talk about the science of black holes, the hypothesis of the Holographic Universe and how their collaboration at CERN helped to shape Suzanne’s art installation THUOAH.

    The conversation is hosted by Mónica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN.




    Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer for this episode is Rebecca Gaskell, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.

    • 28 min
    Broken Symmetries: Tamara Vázquez Schröder & SU Wen-Chi

    Broken Symmetries: Tamara Vázquez Schröder & SU Wen-Chi

    Choreographer and dancer SU Wen-Chi was at CERN in 2016. Her time in the Laboratory marked a long-term engagement with physics, and it inspired the trilogy comprising Unconditional Love, Infinity Minus One and Anthropic Shadow. Joining in conversation is experimental physicist Támara Vázquez Schröder, who works at the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. 

    In this conversation, they discuss the role of symmetries in fundamental physics and performance art, the process of creating new artworks by SU Wen-Chi after her residency at CERN, and how broken symmetries can explain the natural world. 

    The conversation is hosted by Ana Prendes, Content Producer at Arts at CERN.

    Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer for this episode is Rebecca Gaskell, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.

    • 27 min

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