Through the AEgIS


The delicate, tiny lines on this image could be mistaken for scratches on an everyday surface - a table, a phone screen, a dirty window. They are in fact violent collisions between matter and antimatter, along with tracks of newly created particles, all of which are too small to see with the human eye. The artists call it a "space time-lapse" work, showing an animation created from around 100,000 still images, introducing time, space and rhythm into scientific data.

Gathered from data captured from the AEGIS experiment based at CERN, this work shows the results of a collaboration of physicists from all over Europe, looking to better understand the relationship between antimatter and gravity. Whilst antimatter might sound like science fiction to many, this artwork shows that antimatter is real, in contrast to the elusive dark matter.

About the contributor(s) 

Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Over the past twenty years of collaboration they have become known for a unique and innovative body of moving image works, sculptures and installations which explore the material nature of our physical world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology.

Their works often evolve from intensive periods of research into scientific disciplines, this has seen them as artists in residence at internationally renowned science laboratories, including; CERN (2015); Mineral Sciences Laboratory, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C (2010) and The NASA Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley California (2005).