Sunday, August 05, 2007

In Search of Meaning tours Fermilab

at Fermilab
National Physics Lab in Batavia - Illinois
Exhibition July 3 - August 22, 2007
Lecture and Reception - July 20

As part of the In Search of Meaning international tour, Fermilab just outside of Chicago, hosted the inaugural exhibition.

Following its successful launch in California the series has now embarked on a tour of art centers and physics laboratories in the US and overseas.

Fermilab is an outstanding example of an art and science collaboration. The first director of Fermilab, Dr Robert Rathbun Wilson was a highly creative scientist, whose vision, artistic passion and necessity allowed Fermilab to embrace innovative alchemy.

Dr Wilson’s vision and heartfelt relationship to sustainable culture lives on at Fermilab. His creativity is evident through the use of old battleships as repository for charged particle matter and a reclaimed prairie above one of the circular accelerators.
In Search of Meaning will be exhibited at Fermilab through August 2008.

On July 20 at Fermilab I presented a lecture and that day was enthralled with a facility tour conducted by the education department. The highlight was viewing a 15 foot decommissioned Bubble Chamber, now in situ on the grounds.
The lecture (in the Wilson Hall, featured above) visually explored the connections between spirituality, popular culture and science. My thesis draws upon the notions of identity revisions of the 60’s and 70’s and breakthroughs in particle physics realized through Bubble Chamber experiments.