largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built is scheduled to
begin operating this summer in Europe. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN
promises to open up previously unreachable levels of energy, and perhaps
prove or disprove various theories about the fundamental laws of nature.
Infinitesimal packets of matter will be hurled together -- sifting the
shards should bring us new insights.
the promise of new knowledge is the tiny seed of doubt, the worry that we
will release something that may threaten and even consume us. Scientists
have considered the possibility that a micro black hole could be created, or
that a hypothetical “strangelet” might be formed. Such fears have been
raised before, as new colliders have reached ever-higher energies.
Responsible authorities have weighed the likelihood of such events and
pronounced them remote. Yet certainty is elusive, and how could it be
otherwise – our knowledge of the laws of physics is imperfect. It is
precisely this knowledge that we are seeking to extend, and the beauty and
openness of this quest is probably irresistible.
works are improvisations on the structures of the LHC. Architectural
renderings of the various detectors and tunnels merge with accidental
splatterings. Paint has collided with the surface, and left traces of the
impact. Working on both sides of transparent mylar, I combine organic and
inorganic structures, articulating chance patterns with drawn lines.