“Together science and the arts form culture - our expression of what it is to be human in our universe. Our work is in science, but when we engage with the arts, we want to ensure we approach the same level of quality”. (Rolf Dieter Heuer – Director General of CERN)
Join the discussion between an artist and a scientist and hear how CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and home to the Large Hadron Collider, inspired internationally renowned sound sculptor Bill Fontana.
Robert Semper, Director of Program at the Exploratorium, introduces the artist along with Cosmologist Subodh Patil and moderates a conversation about their collision, with audio and video segments from Fontana’s explorations.
By bringing world-class artists and scientists together in a free exchange of ideas, the Collide@CERN residency program explores elements even more elusive than the Higgs boson: human ingenuity, creativity, and the imagination.
American composer and artist Bill Fontana has developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound. Since the early 1970s, Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. Fontana began his residency at CERN in July 2013.
Ariane Koek leads the International Arts program at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), the world’s largest particle physics laboratory based outside Geneva, Switzerland. She initiated and directs the laboratory's first arts policy, Great Arts for Great Science, and leads its flagship arts program, the annual Collide@CERN artist-in-residency. Koek recently introduced Accelerate@CERN, a one-month, country-specific artist research program.
Subodh Patil is a theoretical physicist specializing in early universe cosmology and its interface with particle physics at the highest energies. His work at CERN focuses on trying to uncover the fundamental physics that gave rise to the Big Bang and whether it really was the beginning of the universe.