FL Gallery recently hosted the third solo exhibition of Italian artist Luca Pozzi dedicated to the Italian director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Fabiola Giannotti. The exhibition is conceived of by the artist as a celebration of 13 TeV, collision energy expressed in tera electron volts, achieved by the Large Hadron Collider. An outstanding achievement that has allowed, for the first time in human history, probing matter in regions to scales smaller than the dimensions of quarks.
The site-specific installation was composed of three giant digital photos on PVC membranes taken from CERN and LHC experiments’ online archive to entirely cover three walls of the room.
On these surfaces Pozzi installed works consisting of four dodecagonal surfaces of anodised aluminum, in turn containing thirty ping-pong balls in magnetic suspension. The “Detectors”, the name of this new series and title of the exhibition, are intended by the artist as pictorial devices suspended in space and time. They represent, through the sportive allegory of the ping-pong game, the particle of the beam captured just a moment before a hypothetical collision within one of the four LHC detectors.
The right wall of the gallery is connected, in a prospective game, to the “Atlas” detector during the construction years; highlighting in this way, the existence of a time preceding the experiment. The left wall breaks instead on a graphical display representing the computerised processing of data obtained from a collision in the detector “Alice”; spotlighting a later time in the experiment. Finally, on the twelve metres long front wall a photograph taken by Michael Hoch from CMS is reproduced, which represents the part of the CMS community responsible for the design, construction and implementation of CMS experiments. They are greeting the art public and receiving them in the exhibition from building 40 at CERN in Geneva. These tireless and determined researchers are portrayed together in this historical shot; they constitute, in this case, a window that Pozzi opens into the future.
Past, present and future are so intimately connected in a network of relationships where there are explicit references to art history. Luca Pozzi’s passion for Lucio Fontana, Frank Stella, Alberto Burri and Enrico Castellani blends in subtle cross-disciplinary references, magically combining contemporary art and science, informatics and technology.
Artist | Luca Pozzi, Milano, Italy
Place | FL Gallery, Milano, Italy
Technical info | PVC membrane
Picture credits | Cosimo Filippini