The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture

Fiona Crisp (Editor), Nicola Triscott (Editor)

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When John Dewey wrote about Art as Experience in 1934, he was attempting to shift the understanding of what is important and characteristic about art from its physical manifestations in the “object” to the process in its entirety, a process whose fundamental element is no longer the material “work of art” but rather the development of an “experience”, an experience being something that personally affects your life.

The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture is a collection of texts, images and conversations that present fundamental physics and the physics of the universe as human activities and cultural endeavours. Contributions by physicists, artists and curators examine the role of personality, power and culture in physics and discuss the value of cross-pollination between the practices of contemporary art and physics. These reflections shed light on the people and material practices of physics: from the vast underground particle physics laboratory at CERN, Geneva, used by half of the world’s particle physicists, and deep underground neutrino observatories in the UK, Italy and Antarctica, to super-computers that construct astonishing visualisations of the of the universe.

The book features contributions from physicists including Dr Suchitra Sebastian, Dr Chamkaur Ghag, Professor Tara Shears, Professor Roger Malina, Dr Mark Neyrinck,
Dr Flaviu Cipcigan, Dr Marek Kukula and Dr Massimo Mannarelli, artists Tomás Saraceno, Tavares Strachan, Semiconductor(Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Ansuman
Biswas, Nahum, Annie Carpenter, Harry Lawson, Phil Coy, Jol Thomson, Blanca Pujals, and curator Mónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, as well as essays by the book’s
co-editors, curator Nicola Triscott and Fiona Crisp, with a foreword by Johanna Kieniewicz, Head of outreach and engagement at the Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherArts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science and Technology
Number of pages91
ISBN (Print)978-0-9927776-4-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


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