Intimate Physics Encounters

Arts Catalyst and KOSMICA Institute present an afternoon of Intimate Physics Encounters, alongside Fiona Crisp’s Material Sight exhibition. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and intimate performances will play with sights, sounds and ideas from cosmology and fundamental physics.
 
2-5pm: Artists and scientists will be in and around the Arts Catalyst with activities to satisfy your cosmic curiosity. Drop in to make a gravitational lensing cyanotype with artist Annie Carpenter, create Cherenkov animations using a Victorian-inspired zoetrope with artists Natalie Kay-Thatcher and Jennifer Crouch (Jiggling Atoms), and learn about cosmic concepts through hands-on and sensory activities with Hacking Education and artist Lisa Pettibone.
 
3pm: Artist’s tour of Material Sight exhibition with Fiona Crisp
 
4pm: Particle physics rap performance by artist Consensus, followed by Q&A
 
Entry is free, no need to book.
 

At 5pm, we will end the afternoon with glow in the dark cocktails before Nahum’s hypnosis performance Voyage: An Encounter with a Neutrino begins (tickets £6/4, booking essential).

 
ARTISTS
 
Annie Carpenter is a Manchester-based artist and lecturer. Her art practice draws on amateur science experiments, hobbyist engineering projects, and futile human endeavour. She recently completed a BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences with the Open University, specialising in astronomy and planetary science. In her demonstration, Annie will attempt to model the physics of black holes using household objects and dry ice.
 
Antoine Gittens-Jackson, known as Consensus, is a South London-based hip-hop artist who aims to communicate the world of particle physics research creatively through grime and rap. As part of CERN's Art@CMS programme initiated in 2012, Consensus has visited CERN as a guest lecturer and has performed, recorded a music video and taught CERN scientists how to rap. ConCERNed is a 9-track contemporary rap album that dissects the particle physics research at CERN and tries to match the content to relatable stories and themes from everyday life. 
 
Natalie Kay-Thatcher and Jennifer Crouch are artists and co-founders of Jiggling Atoms, a multi-disciplinary project exploring the wonders of physics with an emphasis on learning, dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaboration.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
 
Activities are most suitable for adults, and young people age 12+. They are not really suitable for smaller children, although you are welcome to bring them along to the daytime activities.
 
SUPPORT
 
Intimate Physics Encounters accompanies Fiona Crisp’s exhibition Material Sight. It is a partnership between Arts Catalyst, the KOSMICA Institute, Fiona Crisp (Northumbria University), and NGCA, supported by Durham University and Boulby Underground Laboratory
 
For this project we gratefully acknowledge the funding support of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council.