On Feb. 26th, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will continue its five-part documentary series The Invisible Photograph with the premiere of Subatomic: The European Organization for Nuclear Research, a film where photography and the world’s most advanced particle physics research collide.
At the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland, scientists use photographic technologies, both old and new, to probe the fundamental structures of the universe. One of the most exciting scientific discoveries of the past century, the detection of the Higgs Boson, was captured with the aid of the ATLAS Detector, the largest digital camera in the world. Elsewhere on CERN’s campus, traditional photographic emulsion is being used to conduct one of the world’s most sophisticated anti-matter experiments.
The Invisible Photograph film crew gained extensive access to the facility, including the ATLAS detector, situated 100 meters underground, and the Antiproton Decelerator hall, one of the go-to places for experiments involving anti-matter. Subatomic delves into these experiments to explore how photography can decode subatomic behavior at one of the world’s most advanced centers for technological innovation.
Subatomic will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. A conversation with The Invisible Photograph creative director, Arthur Ou, and two members of the CERN team, particle physicist Michael Doser and mechanical engineer Neal Hartman, will follow. The event continues at 7:30 p.m. with a post-screening party featuring custom cocktails. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All tickets include a drink ticket.