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SXSW 2019

Arts@CERN:Collision with the Technological Sublime

What happens when artists collide with the building blocks of the universe? Taking the form of a large cylinder, artist duo Semiconductor’s newest piece, HALO, is illuminated and enveloped in sound produced by data from particle collision experiments at CERN. Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, hosts a conversation with the artists behind the piece, which invites us to consider the philosophical problems of our mediated understanding of science and nature, while submitting ourselves completely to their technological sublime.

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  1. How does CERN foster collaboration between artists and scientists?
  2. How can art installations create compelling, immersive experiences that help people intuitively understand scientific data?
  3. How can art-science collaborations encourage thoughtful engagement with the world around us?



Benjamin Bollmann, Deputy CEO, swissnex San Francisco

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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