Through the AEgIS

Through the Aegis (still), 2017

HD single channel installation / silent
A Semiconductor work by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt.

Through the AEgIS* is a space-time-lapse which explores how we make sense of nature through the language of science.

Captured by the AEgIS experiment at CERN, which looks at how antimatter responds to gravity, you see pions, protons and nuclear fragments flying out from ‘annihilation sites’; these particles ionize a photographic plate which when developed reveals their trajectories as varying sized tracks.

Using a special microscope with a very shallow depth of field, the photographic image is re-captured in several stages; by shifting the focal plane in 2 micron steps, and by scanning across each layer in 1000’s of sections, this reveals a depth to the emulsion of forty layers and details that would otherwise remain unseen to the naked eye.

Working with around 100,000 scans, Semiconductor have re-constructed the photographic image to produce an animation which re-introduces time back into the data, revealing the rhythms and artefacts of the capturing process. It gradually zooms out from one scan, whilst moving through the layers, to reveal all of the data.

A large print version of Through the AEgIS shows all of the data, visible at once, with time removed.

* Antihydrogen Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy (AEgIS)

Produced through Collide, an Arts at CERN International Artist Residency. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Doser, research physicist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva.