The full complexity of the universe is invisible to human perception. It is filled with invisible and nearly undetectable matter that follows astonishing rules and patterns. Questioning the invisible or hidden dimensions of the universe has long been the pursuit and occupation of both the sciences and the humanities. Science and technology allow us to extend our crude biologies; creating prosthetics and strategies that help us reach and see further, into the dark reaches of space and through time…navigating beyond common human perception. To this end we have developed x-rays and radio waves, devised ways to capture invisible cosmic particles and discovered theories of dark energy and dark matter. This exhibition presents four artists who explore the indivisible nature of the invisible and visible world. Through extraordinary installations, the award-winning, international artists in this exhibition capture, reveal and imagine the unseen processes constantly at work in the world around us.

A Partnership with the Swiss Consulate in Vancouver and Arts at CERN.

Opening Reception
Opening Reception Artist Talk : Ralf Baecker (Germany) – Information & Invitation to Opening Reception

Yunchul Kim (Korea)
An accomplished artist, electroacoustic music composer, and founder of Studio Locus Solus in Seoul. He is the recipient of numerous awards internationally including the Collide International Award from CERN where he was a Resident. He is currently representing Korea at the Venice Biennale. The work Argos, was created as part of a CERN residency and consists of geiger muller tubes, glass, aluminium and micro-controllers. A glittering cosmic ray detector. When invisible muon particles collide with Argos, it flashes light and transmits signals.

Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)
Semiconductor create work which explores the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lenses of science and technology, revealing the flaws and ruptures within scientific data and exposing the human signature. They have won numerous awards internationally, including the Collide award at CERN. They were awarded a CERN residency in 2015. Their HD single channel installation Through the Aegis was created when they were resident at CERN. The work is a space-time-lapse that explores how we make sense of nature through the language of science. Captured by the Aegis experiment at CERN the work allows us to visualize pions, protons and nuclear fragments flying out from annihilation sites; these particles ionize a photographic plate which, when developed, reveals their trajectories over time.

Ralf Baeker
Working at the intersection of art, science and technology, through installations, autonomous machines and performances he explores the underlying mechanisms of new media and technology. He poses questions about complex systems and their entanglements …provoking new imaginaries that combine the technological, the artificial and the real. He has won numerous awards worldwide, including the Grand Prize/ Japan Media Art Festival, twice honourable mentions for Prix Ars Electronica, VIDA Art + Artificial Life/Madrid. Mirage is a projection apparatus that, through something called a fluxgate magnetometer, generates a synthesized landscape. It registers the magnetic field of the earth which is dependent on the earth geodynamo and its interactions with the sun and feeds this into an unsupervised learning algorithm. The fluctuating landscape resembles some kind of dream environment.

Richard Vijgen
An artist and designer whose work focuses on data visualization. He creates multi-sensorial data installations that visualize the invisible technological dimensions of reality. His work Hertzian Landscapes won the annual Lumen Prize which celebrates significant works of art created with technology, from around the world. His work has been presented worldwide. Hertzian Landscapes is a large-scale, interactive projection; a live visualization of the radio spectrum. The work employs a digital receiver that scans large swathes of radio spectrum in real time and visualizes thousands of signals into a panoramic, electromagnetic landscape. Visitors to the gallery activate and change frequencies by moving back and forth in front of the work, as if controlling a radio tuner, changing both the visual and sonic components.

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