Gilles Jobin, choreographer of the QUANTUM performance at the ODC Theater, sits down with CERN physicist Nicolas Chanon and visual artist Julius von Bismarck to discuss the outcomes, methodologies, and values of collaboration between artists and scientists based on their shared experiences as Collide@CERN residents.
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Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin is known for his radical artistic vision and gained international recognition following his 1997 piece A+B=X, presented at Arsenic in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the 1999 work Macrocosm, which premiered at The Place in London. In 2006, he became an associated artist at Bonlieu scene nationale Annecy in France and premiered five works: Double Deux (2006), Text to Speech (2008), Black Swan (2009), Le Chainon Manquant (The Missing Link) (2010), and Spider Galaxies (2011). He has received commissions from the Ballet du Grand Theatre in Geneva and the Gulbenkian Ballet. Other works include Braindance (2000), The Moebius Strip (2001), Under Construction (2002), Steak House (2005), and Shaker Loops (2012), a trio set to John Adams’ composition of the same name and commissioned by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his choreographic work, Jobin orchestrates international exchanges, daily training for dancers, educational activities and capacity building, and artistic residencies from his headquarters at Studio 44 in Geneva, as well as projects with countries in the southern hemisphere.
Julius von Bismarck
German artist Julius von Bismarck won the top prize at Ars Electronica in 2008 for a device he called the Image Fulgurator, a hacked camera that injected stealth images into other people’s photos. While he considers himself an artist, and not a scientist or technologist, his work often features a heavy technical component and several of his projects make references to math and science. For Public Face I, he mounted a giant neon smiley face in Berlin which changed expression based on an estimate of the city’s mood, drawn from algorithms that analyzed peoples’ faces on the street. In 2012, von Bismarck took part in Collide@CERN, a two-month residency in which he worked with theoretical physicist James Wells on his lumino-kinetic installation Versuch Unter Kreisen. Von Bismarck is currently finishing his graduate work at the Institute for Spatial Experiments in Berlin.
Nicolas Chanon is a particle physicist working at CERN (Geneva). Since receiving his PhD in 2011 at the Institut de Physique Nucleaire de Lyon (France), he has been employed by ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He is a member of the CMS experiment, a particle physics detector at the Large Hadron Collider, and is doing experimental research on the Higgs boson particle at CERN.
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