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Unveiling the invisible cosmos: dialogue in-between art and science

27 May

Lecture on how science and art help us learn more about the Universe
Michael Doser, Yuri Tanaka
Austria / Switzerland, Japan

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We perceive the universe through our senses, but due to their limitations, much of it remains invisible to us. Some of these invisible domains can be made visible through extensions of the senses, through telescopes or detectors, but also through art and imagination, and those areas can then be mapped onto the senses and thus be rendered visible. Nevertheless, vast domains remain invisible to even to the most sensitive devices and their existence can only be inferred indirectly. They have however, invisible though they may be, deeply influenced the evolution of the universe, and have enabled our existence; we are thus intimately tied to them. This presentation will cover both the artistic practices and the scientific approaches that attempt to produce knowledge about enigmatic entities such as dark matter, dark energy, and antimatter.

Michael Doser is a research physicist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, who has specialized in working with antimatter, using it either as a tool (to study the strong interaction), or as an object of study itself (formation of anti-atoms, study of matter-antimatter asymmetry, measurement of the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter) and is the spokesperson of the AEgIS experiment at CERN. In addition, he lectures on antimatter, and is editor of Physics Letters B and of the Review of Particle Properties. He is also involved in numerous outreach activities, both locally and internationally (Europe and Asia), speaking to a wide spectrum of non-specialist audiences, from school children to decision makers, often also at art-related events.

Yuri Tanaka is an artist, curator and researcher from Japan. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at Tokyo University of the Arts while carrying out her collaborative project through her stay at CERN in 2017, and an independent curator within her research theme on cosmic art. She is one of the founders and the head of Cosmic Art Research Committee in the Institute of Environmental Art and Design, and a member of the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS) in the International Astronautical Federation. She was a researcher in residence at Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria in 2015.
Having attracted to the idea about the universe which connects everything, she has been pursuing to create a hybrid collaboration between scientists/engineers and artists/designers. Her projects can be mostly found at public space or in an art festival. For instance, she has co-organized the campus exhibition at Ars Electronica Festival in 2008 and 2011, curated SPACE ART LOUNGE (2012) at the Tanegashima Space Center in collaboration with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and produced a light art project at Miyanoura Port in Naoshima in collaboration with the town of Naoshima (2012−2014).