Blind Faith: Talks & Tours with Jol Thomson, artist of the exhibition and Stefan Schönert, astro-particle physicist

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Talks & Tours with Jol Thomson, artist of the exhibition and Stefan Schönert, astro-particle physicist

Stefan Schönert is a professor of experimental astro-particle physics at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and co-spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 „neutrinos and dark matter“(TUM).

At the beginning of this Talks & Tours event, he will give a short introduction into the strange world of neutrino research. This will be followed by a discussion between Schönert and Thomson about the artist’s inspirations for the audio-video composition G24|0vßß in the context of perceptual and cognitive developments through experimental systems and scientific research. 

Jol Thomson synthesizes the latest advances in the physics of dark matter and the philosophy of science to experimental audiovisual compositions. In his latest series of works, Thomson observes various research projects centered around the neutrino, an imperceptible neutral subatomic particle. It harbors the potential to provide us with information about fundamental questions of existence and the nature of the universe, which currently lie outside the limits of human perception. The work G24|0vßß is the result of a close collaboration with a group of international physicists (CUORE) in Italy. In a montage of psychedelic sequences, Thomson’s video G24|0vßß documents the flora and fauna of the Gran Sasso Mountain as well as the human interventions that have transformed it into one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology on the planet. Quotations from Polish science fiction author Stanisław Lem’s novel His Master’s Voice (1968) underpin how questions and ideas once confined to the realm of fiction are now shaping the course of contemporary scientific and post-humanist discourse.  

The tour that follows offers participants a conversation instead of a conventional guided tour: Jol Thomson will discuss further works in the exhibition and various topics with the curator Anna Schneider and the visitors.

Jol Thomson (*1981, Ontario, Canada) is an artist, author, and sound designer working between Germany and the UK. He graduated with an Honours BA in Philosophy, Art History, and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and later studied under Prof. Simon Starling at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Recent projects include the exhibitions “TITAN (a dark kairological framework)” at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce in Genoa (2014), “New Frankfurt Internationals: Solid Signs” at the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden (2015), “G24|0vss” at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (2016), and “Open Codes: Living in digital worlds” at the ZKM Karlsruhe (2017). In 2016, he won the MERU Art*Science Award. In 2016/17 he was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. In 2017 he was an artist in residence at the Bosch GmbH campus for Research and Advanced Engineering in Renningen.

Since 2010, Stefan Schönert has been a professor of astro-particle physics at the Technical University Munich, from which he received his doctorate in 1995. Since this time, he has conducted researched at the University of Milan, at the Italian Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, at the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research in Japan and at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. The focus of his work is the search for dark matter, the properties of neutrinos and their role in astrophysics. Neutrinos are closely linked to one of the great unresolved puzzles of physics: the question of why there is more matter in our universe than antimatter. Stefan Schönert is a Max Planck Fellow, Co-Speaker of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258, member of the Cluster of Excellence Universe and spokesperson of the international LEGEND research collaboration. In 2018 he received the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.