Dark Matter – Art Meets Science at DESY

Dark Matter – Art Meets Science at DESY
2017 Event | 2017 | DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron | Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Notkestraße 85, Hamburg, Deutschland |

Event Overview

DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron

On the first international Dark Matter Day, the program starts at 3 pm. The meeting place is the DESY lecture hall.

15:00 pm: Christian Schwanenberger, Particle Physics and Dark Matter with a live video broadcasting to Kerstin Borras at  CERN
15:30 pm: Panel discussion on “Art meets Science”, introduced and moderated by Belinda Grace Gardner
From 16:30 pm: visit the exhibition on the DESY campus
17:00 pm: Short film program “Dark Matters” in the DESY lecture theater (approx. 60 min.)
19:00 pm: Short film program “Dark Matters” in the DESY lecture theater (approx. 60 min.)
22:00 hours: end of the event

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in the auditorium lobby at 16:30 pm. From 19:00 onwards, cold drinks and snacks will be provided in the tent in front of Building 50 – get toghether with the speakers, artists and other visitors.

“Dark Matters” short film program:

The short film program “Dark Matters” goes beyond the purely physical meaning of the term “dark matter”. The cinematic view is directed to areas where rational thought encounters its limits: mysterious, invisible, unexplored. A documentary, experimental but also humorous 90-minute journey through time and space.

For example, in the film “Buchholz bleibt” (director: Martin Kirchberger), Käpt’n Buchholz has been investigating grounding and earth pulling by means of soil tests every year since 1962, noting that its weight changes from year to year. In the classic “Powers of Ten” by Charles and Ray Eames, a single flowing motion of movement, which leads both into the vastness of the universe and in the nucleus of a human cell, is investigating the measure of infinity. And in “The Century Brain Project” by Till Nowak, Dr. Laslowicz, that in the 1970s, scientists had conducted experiments in bizarre annual market carousels to explore their effects on the human brain.

The program was compiled by KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e. V., which promotes the diffusion and public perception of the short film. It was founded in 1992 and has emerged from the NoBudget Short Film Festival (since 1994 International Short Film Festival Hamburg)

The short film program in detail:

1. EGO
Nicolas Provost / France 2016 / 3’00 min. / Color / experimental film / without dialogue

“After a dizzying journey through the cosmos, we see an astronaut being thrown out into space. Without a guide he steers inevitably to the eternal black hole.”

Charles & Ray Eames / USA 1977 / 9’05 min. / Color / science film / engl. OV

“This film shows the universe as an arena of continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic secrets.”

Dorit Kiesewetter & Carsten Knoop / Germany 2012 / 3’14 min. / Color / documentary / germ. OV

“We are trapped in history today, the Stone Age men were not.”

Pieter van de Straat and Joos Pannekoek / Belgium 2000 / 3’20 min. / Color / Instructional film / without dialogue

“Expensive reconstruction of a classic of the Belgian educational film history.”

Jan Peters / Germany 2017 / 24’42 min. / Color / experimental film / engl. OV w. germ. ST

“At CERN, scientists are researching the physical fundamentals of the universe, using a particle accelerator to simulate the big bang and gather data from it, and the data volume exceeds all computing power A trigger was applied: the trigger 42. ”

Richard Reeves / Canada 2004 / 4’30 min. / Color / Animationsfilm / without dialogue

“Inspired by nature elements, this abstract animation film explores the element light through optical sound and projected images painted directly on the footage.”

Till Nowak / Germany 2011 / 6’35 min. / Color / short film / engl. OV with German Voiceover

“Since the 1970s, scientists have been experimenting with bizarre carnival carousels and investigating their effects on the human brain.” The short film throws an eyebrow at our search for happiness and freedom as a supposed documentation. ”

Martin Kirchberger / Germany 1990 / 14’20 min. / S / W / Documentary short play / germ. OV

“Bech’n beech has been investigating soil hardness, earthquakes and the consistency of tree trunk and roots for years, since 1962 he weighs the soil samples and notes that the weight changes from year to year, making the earth lighter and more erosive.”

Semiconductor / UK

About DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron

DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. 
That makes DESY not only a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers from over 40 countries every year, but also a coveted partner for national and international cooperations. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. The research centre offers specialized training for a large number of professions. DESY cooperates with industry and business to promote new technologies that will benefit society and encourage innovations. This also benefits the metropolitan regions of the two DESY locations, Hamburg and Zeuthen near Berlin.

Organizer contact information

Email: artmeetsscience@desy.de

Phone: +49 40 8998-3613

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When & Where

  • Oct 31, 2017
  • 15:00 - 22:00
  • Location: Dark Matter art exhibition, lecture, discussion, short film program

    Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Notkestraße 85, Hamburg, Deutschland.

Registration End Date

  • Oct 31, 2017,12:00 am

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