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Uncovering the Mysteries of Life – Brought to you by Hyundai Motor Company

Uncovering the Mysteries of Life – Brought to you by Hyundai Motor Company


In our society, there is a huge influence
of technology in everything we do. But technologies only produce things through
a highly creative society. A way to approach our challenges
through creativity, imagination and curiosity. This is where art and technology
comes together. CERN is the European Laboratory
of Particle Physics. This is where I work. I’m a Curator,
I’m an Art Historian and you might wonder why an art historian is working and developing
an art programme in this laboratory. It’s a laboratory focused on fundamental
science, particle physics and everyone there, twelve thousand people are looking
for the fundamental nature of our universe. We believe that art, technology,
science are interlinked and they are talking to each other as fields
of research and exploration of our world. When I decided what to do with my career, I realised that there were artistic communities
exploring the tools of science and technology. I realised that there was something new
to explore from a curatorial point of view, so I began to be very active. In 2011, there was the decision taken of
putting together the first CERN cultural policy and with that, the Arts at CERN Programme started. Every year, we have artists coming
to spend time with the scientists to explore ideas and to understand what science is for
our society and how art reacts to that. As a curator, it’s really interesting
to go beyond the museums and the conventional places for the arts,
because this is where the artists are today. Quantica is the achievement
of three years of conversations with these amazing partners that we have in
CCCB, in FACT in Liverpool, in Le Lieu Unique, Nantes. What do we want to do with the interactions
between art and technology? What are we finding new today in 2019
that didn’t happen before? Quantica is the result of that. It’s an exhibition that puts together
scientific discovery and artistic exploration. The CCCB is an institution for culture. We are not a museum, we are not a centre of art,
we are not a museum of science but we like to talk about
what’s culture nowadays in our society. We present now Quantica. With this exhibition, we wanted to talk about the importance
of the quantum imaginary in our cultural life. Quantum mechanics is a very new field, a very
new way of understanding our reality and nature. It’s still in a very early stage of development. Because it’s so out of our world, we can only wonder how are we going to still be
questioning nature and our existence in this planet? The message we want to bring to the audience
is exactly that. Quantica is about questioning what we can see,
what we can hear, what we can perceive with our senses
through art and technology.

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