Text and Images by Lisa Pettibone,
It’s not an obvious mix at first – artists seeking contact with world-class particle physics experiments at CERN near Geneva in Switzerland.
Is it the shiny, beautifully machined equipment, exquisite materials, or the passionate physicists seeking impossibly tiny reactions that will explain how energy and matter came to be? There is an outrageous quality to the universal concepts they are attempting to understand, and perhaps it is this that artists recognise the sheer exhilaration of prising open a new view of what we are made of by making fresh connections and intuitive leaps.
A group of MA Art and Science students from Central Saint Martins (CSM) in London returned on 8 May from a second visit to CERN where they continued to pursue their interest in the scientists’ work, forming new relationships with the community there and exploring the conceptual importance of its workings. How has it benefited their artistic practices and why did they want to return?