We aren't able to prove that just yet, but we know it's out there 2018-19
Collide International Award, a partnership programme between
Arts at CERN and FACT (2016-2018)
22 Nov 2018 - 3 Mar 2019
10 Apr - 24 Sept 2019
13 February 2020
Le Lieu Unique, Nantes
We aren't able to prove that just yet, but we know it's out there 2018 150x270cm (detail)
Yu-Chen Wang’s work develops a poetic narrative of the histories of scientific research: pulling images and references from both personal and institutional archives related to scientists she interviews. We aren’t able to prove that just yet, but we know it's out there establishes parallel lines between individual stories and historical documents available at the institutions where Wang has been researching.
This work focuses on the abstract photographic images produced by the Bubble Chamber experiments in the 1960’s. Wang was fascinated not only about what they detected –the paths of short-lived electrically charged particles– but also the whole process which surrounded their documentation and interpretation.
In particular, the individuals whose job it was to interpret these images became a focal point for her work: their intensive, unseen labour became a metaphor for how scientific findings are communicated to the public, highlighting both the difficulty of translation and the absence of many of those who stand behind major discoveries. Wang has undertaken extensive research for the project, building an archive from images, and interviews with scientists. Over the course of the exhibition she will continue her research, and the video will be updated, expanded and altered as a result of this, generating multiple versions, scenarios and outcomes of the work.
Developed as part of the Collide International Award, a partnership programme between Arts at CERN and FACT (2016-2018), Broken Symmetries is a new, international exhibition of artworks exploring the links between art and science, and how both can help to reveal hidden parts of our world.
The exhibition encompasses a wide-range of artistic approaches: reflecting the diverse ways in which scientists and artists are collaborating (or inspiring one another) in both tackling and communicating some of the most elaborate concepts of modern physics and in doing so, provoking new and significant dialogues within wider society. These new works explore ideas and stories traced to the fundamental and philosophical foundations of science, reflecting the current state of discussions around observation and understanding.
The ten international artists included are: Julieta Aranda (MX/DE), Diann Bauer (US/UK), James Bridle (UK/GR), Juan Cortés (CO), hrm199 (Haroon Mirza in collaboration with Jack Jelfs) (UK), Yunchul Kim (SK), Lea Porsager (DK), Semiconductor (UK), Yu-Chen Wang (TW/UK) and Suzanne Treister (UK).
Broken Symmetries is curated by Mónica Bello and José-Carlos Mariátegui, and is co-produced by the ScANNER Network, consisting of: FACT (Liverpool), CCCB (Barcelona), Le Lieu Unique (Nantes), iMAL (Brussels) and Arts at CERN (Geneva). Premiering in the UK, the exhibition will then travel to the partner organisations in Spain, France and Belgium until 2020.