Neil Calder (COM) stands next to the SLAC drift
chamber, talking with a guest at the exhibit opening
(Photo by Elizabeth Clements, Fermilab)
By Neil Calder
The most popular exhibit at the opening of the Summer
Exhibition at New York’s P.S.1, one of the world’s most prestigious
contemporary art centers, was a surprise. Not a sculpture nor a video
installation, but a cloud chamber from SLAC.
The exhibition ‘Signatures of the Invisible’ opened on
June 29, presenting the work of leading European and American contemporary
artists as they respond to new concepts of reality generated by particle
physics research. The exhibition will tour the U.S., with stops planned in
Chicago and the Bay Area.
Five thousand visitors who came on the opening day were
fascinated by the equipment on display—a drift chamber, a klystron,
klystron collectors, an element from the D0 detector, a cosmic ray counter
and films of SLAC and Fermilab. But the star of the show was the cloud
chamber, perfectly mounted in a dark room. The "wows!" "oohs!" and "aaahs!"
from the crowd showed their fascination of the trails left by cosmic rays
passing through the chamber.
Congratulations to Chip Dalby from Scientific Arts. The
exhibition curator was so impressed by a short film that Chip had prepared
that it was mounted as one of the art works.
Thanks to Mo Olson (EFD), Chris Pearson (KM), Joseph Perl
(SCS), Chip Dalby (TIS), Norman Graf (SLD), Joni White (COM) and Terry
Anderson (TIS) for their outstanding contributions.
The exhibition runs through September.