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A foray into the world of the Large Hadron Collider

Opening: 6th June 2017, 19:00
Exhibition: 7th – 17th June 2017, Tuesday to Friday, 13:00–19:00, Saturday 12:00–17:00,
and by appointment
Accompanying program: 9th June 2017
das weisse haus
Hegelgasse 14
1010 Vienna, Austria
Opening words by:
Gerald Bast (President, University of Applied Arts Vienna), Charlotte Warakaulle (Director for International Relations, CERN), Paul Petritsch (Head, Site-Specific Art), Virgil Widrich (Head, Art & Science), Bernd Kräftner (Transdisciplinarity, Art & Science), Jochen Schieck (Director, HEPHY) and Michael Hoch (art@CMS).
With works by:
Francesca Aldegani, Golnaz Bashiri, Rosie Benn-Squire, Daniela Brill, Andreas Budak, Nora Drumeva, Cansu Ergün, Johanna Folkmann, Athanasios Gramosis, Lukas Gritzner, Natalia Gurova, Rafael Lippuner, Júlia Mag, Marko Markovic, Benedikt Meixl, Frederique Neuts Leroy, Lala Nomada, Marina Rebhandl, Carmiña Tarilonte Rodríguez, Denise Schellmann, Andrea Vezga
Perhaps some of you are familiar with the term 'Circuit Training'. It refers to a program of physical activities that work each individual section of our bodies. When one circuit of the program is complete, through either coercion or (free) will, we begin the first exercise again for the next circuit. In order to probe the fundamental structure of the universe, physicists have implemented sophisticated circuit training for the basic constituents of matter: accelerators boost beams of particles into high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. We assume that those particles follow the instructions of physicists with a mixture of obedience and free will…
In the context of the cooperation with art@CMS and HEPHY (Institute of High Energy Physics), students of Art & Science and Site-Specific Art have explored the many facets that a large and multinational institution like CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) encompass. The wide-ranging investigations go from the Large Hadron Collider to the fine-print of politics and economy, from particle accelerators to solid bureaucracy, from the Big Bang to the growth of conspiracy theories.
Whilst roaming around CERN and becoming detectors ourselves, several questions began to circulate. How do these experiments and the images they produce transcend beyond screens and light beams into different states of matter and the realities we live in? How will our artistic strategies develop in relation to the biggest camera and microscope on our planet? The outcomes are presented in the group exhibition at das weisse haus.

An exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Art & Science and Site-Specific Art) in cooperation with CERN (art@CMS and HEPHY – Institute of High Energy Physics).
Concept and development:
Brishty Alam, Valerie Deifel, Katrin Hornek, Matilde Igual Capdevila, Bernd Kräftner, Paul Petritsch, Karl Salzmann, Virgil Widrich
In cooperation with:
Brigitte De Monte, Marko Dragicevic, Helmut Eberl, Michael Hoch, Josef Pradler, Jochen Schieck, Christoph Schwanda, Wolfgang Waltenberger

Facebook event for the opening

Circuit Training


June 06, 2017, 19:00h
Das weisse haus, Hegelgasse 14, 1010 Vienna, Austria