CERN - FATE MAPS - ENTANGLEMENTS
Multiple photographic series, film essay and experimental writing made in response to visits to the site of the Large Hadron Collider, at CERN in Meyrin, Geneva in 2017 (The European Laboratory for Particle Physics). The folio offers poetic, conceptual and philosophical approaches to subatomic/high energy physics research within the Atlas experiment collision detector on the ground visitor site. This highly poetic folio integrates on-going thematic interests aligned with texts inspired by the philosophical writings on quantum physics by theoretical physicists Neils Bohr and Wolfgang Pauli. The work explores the philosophical notion of solipsism as an inward looking strategy based on the premise that nothing outside one’s own mind can be known to exist to connect counterintuitive interpretations of quantum high energy physics to poetics and the absolute limits of science.
A solipsistic approach allows for an exploration of the loop premise that we ourselves produce and compel the results of our experimental measurements through observation. The most renowned mysteries of quantum mechanics is the fact that the outcome of a quantum experiment can change depending on whether or not we choose to measure particular properties of the particles involved. It raises questions about the catalysing nature of observation casting doubt on the stability of the real. This highly conceptual approach allows me to integrate earlier thematic interests and work associated with the unity of being and the physics and theories of synchronicity.
Pauli, Wolfgang; Jung, C G (2001). Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters, 1932-1958. ed. C.A. Meier. Princeton University Press. pp. 179–196.
Here, There and Everywhere
Photo series consisting 40 x black and white photographs with captions under, 210 x 297mm + (various dimensions) plus Photobook edition publication: binding: embossed black linen bound hardback- dimensions 263mm x 263mm - pages 89 – presented 40 black and white photographs with captions on opposite pages
The Here, There and Everywhere – CMS Experiment series comprise of cosmic ray sense data by-products of the 90’s entrance sign to the underground high energy physics multi-purpose detector (CMS) at the closed and guarded P1 security gate road entrance of the Atlas experiment at CERN’s LHC, Meyrin, Geneva.The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment)collision detector was used to collect data that contributed to the Higgs boson observation made by Nobel Prize winners François Englert and Peter Higgs. The CMS set up contributed to a theoretical understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles predicted by the Standard Model.
I Poor Orphan
Photo series consisting 40 x black and white photographs with captions under - 210 x 297mm + (various dimensions) plus Photobook edition publication: binding: embossed black linen bound hardback- dimensions 263mm x 263mm - pages 89 – presenting 40 black and white photographs with captions opposite pages.
Photo series response documenting features in the concrete plaza drop zone of the reception, shop and visitor centre that sits opposite the wooden ark dome of the Universe of Particles, CERN. Low angle views of towering weeds seethe out and run wild spreading from rusted iron planters and captions to offer furtive observations suggesting how memory and trauma might decay and fade into the cosmic background.
The establishment of CERN in Geneva represents an extraordinary legacy of the nuclear atrocities of the second world war. Imbued with silence and the unknowable violence of collisions, gambling on war or peace and operating under its own exclusivity, the ground site is dominated by road blocks, security barriers and surveillance cameras. The Jura mountains send massive ragged clouds and shadows over green open spaces. The research buildings, pumping stations, cooling towers and parking lots, wide roads and off limit run down areas divide the site into distinct areas reminiscent of grey dystopian 70’s science fiction film set. Hidden satellite systems, social ordering, lack of access and perimeter high wire fences invoking secrecy and danger. I didn’t get to see the underground labyrinth of LHC and the visit was shaped by sense of trespass.