Inspired by the microscopic dimensions being investigated by CMS (compact muon solenoid) of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, the Detectors series it’s composed by dodecagonal anodized aluminium surfaces with aluminium modules curved by hands and ping-pong balls in magnetic suspension, in order to create a floating tridimensional pattern. The show was Luca Pozzi’s third in the space that is dedicated to Italian director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Fabiola Giannotti. This one in particular focuses on acting as a celebration for a new development in how we read and measure energy particles.
’13TV’ is a collision energy expressed in tera electron volt (TeV) achieved by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in May this year, which has allowed humans to probe physical matter in scale smaller than ever before. Interestingly, the research and its findings are not able to be applied at the moment, and its potential remains in our imagination. Placing his work in the context of these recent events, Pozzi’s work plays with the suspension of time and our relationship with past, present and future. The site-specific installation is composed of three giant digital photos on PVC taken from the LHC experiments online archive that cover three walls of the room. On top of these posters are four ‘dodecagonal’ surfaces made of anodized aluminum containing thirty ping-pong balls in magnetic suspension. The anodic oxide finish protects and decorates, and the ping-pong balls are like pictorial devices suspended in space and time. They represent, through the allegory of the ping-pong game, the particle of the beam captured just a moment before a hypothetical collision within an LHC detector. It builds on Pozzi’s ongoing interest in quantum gravity presented in earlier series’ like Supersymmetric Partner (2007 – 2010) and ‘The Big Jump Theory’ (2014).