CERN - FATE MAPS - ENTANGLEMENTS
Multiple photographic series entitled CERN – FATE MAPS - ENTANGLEMENTS made up of film essays and creative writing conceived and produced in response to site visits to the Particle Collider, at CERN in Meyrin, Geneva, 2017 (The European Laboratory for Particle Physics).
The project explores photography in the theoretical context of the politics and space of the site and seeks to offer new approaches to subatomic/high energy physics research. The series reflects my on-going research interests also inspired by the philosophical writings of theoretical physicists Bohr and Pauli that question the catalysing nature of consciousness and matter, linking counterintuitive interpretations of quantum physics and poetics.
The establishment of CERN in Geneva represents a gesture of scientific cooperation as a legacy of the nuclear atrocities of the second world war. Imbued with silence and the unknowable violence of collisions and operating under its own exclusivity, the ground site is dominated by road blocks, security barriers and surveillance cameras.
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. Photographs focusing on the original 90’s entrance sign into the high energy physics detector (CMS) buildings at the P1 security gate of the Atlas experiment at CERN’s LHC, Meyrin, Geneva. The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) 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. The photographic work Here, There and Everywhere plays with the idea of capturing cosmic ray sense data by-products as they passage through and past.
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 featuring in the concrete plaza drop zone of the reception that sits opposite the iconic dome of the visitor centre, Universe of Particles, Meyrin, CERN. Images present low angle views of towering weeds and captions to allude to memory and trauma making uncertain connections from the periphery alluding to the wider political and sociocultural collective of remembering and cold war secrecy.