Remaking the universe - while physicists attempt to understand the universe in their own way, Christian Gonzenbach draws on his experience as an artist-in-residence in the lab of Martin Pohl (University of Geneva, CERN) to do so with experiments and sculptures using objects from everyday life."
Christian Gonzenbach is an experimenter and an explorer at the edge between the normal and the bizarre. It is the unexpected, the little weird thing, that the artist focuses on. Hence, he has created installations in which a landscape is made out of corn flakes, a video in which all the people are pickles that play soccer, go for a dance or a boxing match, etc. His works look familiar but always disorient the viewer.
Martin Pohl is an experimental physicist who has worked on major particle physics experiments at particle accelerators for 35 years, exploring the structure of matter, elementary forces, space, and time. He also contributes to space-borne experiments measuring cosmic particles to investigate their nature as well as their sources.
He is interested in the contributions of science to culture and its interaction with other cultural activities. "A major point of contact between fundamental physics and the arts ought to be that neither scientists not artists should ever expect anything but the unexpected," he says.
Christian Gonzenbach, artist-in-residence in the lab of Martin Pohl, explores representations of matter and antimatter through positive and negative space in his art in an attempt to depict a black hole in three dimensions.