Above: Art@CMS -- Cortada's banners on permanent display at Point 5, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (Cessy, France).
On August 3rd, 2013, Xavier Cortada will deliver a lecture on his art-science practice at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL. Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making:
At CERN, Cortada worked with a physicist to develop a site-specific art installation capturing the five search strategies which the CMS experiment has used to discover a new Higgs-like particle. The five giant banners hang at the location (100m below the ground) where the particle was discovered.
He has also worked with a population geneticist on a project exploring our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000 years ago, with a molecular biologist to synthesize an actual DNA strand made from a sequence randomly generated by participants visiting his museum exhibit, and with botanists in eco-art projects to reforest mangroves, native treesand wildflowers.
Cortada is currently working with scientists at Hubbard Brook LTER on an water cycle visualization project driven by real-time data collected at a watershed in New Hamphire's White Mountains.
The lecture will be part of the University of Florida's Creative B programming.
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