Annihilation Event

Annihilation_AEgIS collaboration, CERN
Annihilation_AEgIS collaboration, CERN

22 - 29 March 2017 

Annihilation Event has no singular origin, but many strands and streams.  This project is about copies, prints, scans, derivations, reconstructions, casts, and virtual models. 

The 6 day programme in the Lethaby Gallery brought together a contrary group of artists, archivists, archaeologists, historians, technical experts and theorists from all over Europe. The scheduled events operated as an experiment, an exchange, inhabting the Lethaby with a constellation of objects, machines, speculative processes and performances, an unprecedented opportunity for collisions and collusions.

In particle physics, annihilation  is the process that occurs when a  subatomic particle collides with its respective antiparticle to produce other particles. Scientists record this encounter with complex detectors, but the image you see above is an annihilation event recorded in photographic emulsion by the AEgIS Collaboration at CERN. It is a media archaeological event. The photographic emulsion is scanned under an automatic microscope with a minute depth of field and each layer is digitized. This information has been complied into a 3D image that can be rotated to see the annihilation event from all angles.

CSM Photosculpture by Anthony Crossfield

Image: CSM Photosculpture project compiled by Anthony Crossfield

A particle collision is a useful metaphor for the unruly and generative process of transdiciplinary exchange, of bringing disciplines and generations into contact: the productive ground of cultural participation. That exchange is something that we see at the root, or the radical, of art school present and future. Our 3D imaging project has produced a ruin of the Granary building and in that sense has un-formed our inherited institutional structures.  What we are figuring out here relies not so much on the shell of a building, but on its infrastructures, connections and collectives built by affiliation: a facilitation of workflows. 

Visit the Annihilation website to discover more information about the show and the artists involved.