ATLAS Experiment CERN

The Art of ATLAS - Multimedia Installation at the House of Science, Stockholm University

(August 2011 to January 2012)

This installation invites the viewer to meet the individuals behind the physics, to see a bit of their daily work and what they are searching for.

The format is composed of 4 simultaneous audiovisual displays with the content:

  • Physicists as individuals
  • The Collaboration
  • Daily Work
  • Painting Particles

Artists Statement

Physicists and artists share a common goal - to make an abstract idea tangible. A key question they are trying to answer through their work, complex apparatus and multinational collaborations, is one that many people would like an answer to: Where do we come from? ATLAS is a collaboration of more than 3,000 people, from all over the world. Together they built a machine on the Franco-Swiss border that has as many components as an aircraft-carrier, 3,000 km of cable, 100 million electrical channels, and weighs 7 million kilograms, as much as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

If that machine were a digital camera it would take 100 megapixel snapshots 40 million times per second. Each of these images is a piece of the puzzle involving our origins, from the Big Bang to you. This multimedia installation presents the physicists, engineers, and technicians involved in this epic endeavour, the machine they've constructed, the artists lurking inside them, and the art in the imagery they create.

By Neal Hartman and Claudia Marcelloni

At House of Science, Stockholm University, Sweden (from August 2011 to January 2012)

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  Previously at Thinktank in Birmingham, UK (from October 2010 to February 2011)



Birmingham Science Museum - Sciart: The Art of ATLAS

University of Birmingham news article

  If you are member of one of the ATLAS institutes and you would like to have this installation shown at your home country please contact