Medium: High Definition video installation
Information: F.Scott Fitzgerald said,'The true mark of intelligence is the ability to hold two apparently opposing ideas in the mind simultaneously.
(This video installation 'Flatlanders' was originally made for a debate in Guildford cathedral led by Jim al khalili Khalili OBE an Iraqi-born British theoretical physicist, author and science communicator and also incluiding Professor Brian Cox who is currently presenting Wonders Of The Universe television series.
When I heard that scientists were doing a nuclear experiment to try and recreate the conditions that were there at the beginning of the universe at (*CERN public.web.cern.ch/public/), I thought that it would be like the Bruegel painting, 'The Fall Of Icarus', where the ploughman continues ploughing the field as Icarus falls from the sky; we would probably wouldn't be taking any notice.
The final work which depicts a woman riding on a swing carrying perfectly balanced scales while Bruegel like figures walk on a tea cup. an Icarus which rises and falls could be seen as a reflection of the paradoxical nature of advanced science.
The work should be installed as an HD video projection half submerged in a water tank it also incorporates sounds recorded by scientists at *CERN (in the Infusion Pump Cooling Station), and with help from musician Milton Mermikides miltonmermikides.com/ we created the sound of Icarus' wings beating.
Shown in an exhibition The New Future at the District of Columbia Arts Center gallery with two other artists, see link:-
*CERN= Centre For European Nuclear Research where *LHC is based:-The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), experimental facility near Geneva in Switzerland. LHC is expected to answer several facts of fundamental nature of the universe that remains a mystery.
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