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QUANTUM (New Settings 2013)

Physics and physique united

Abstraction incarnated: Gilles Jobin and Julius von Bismarck have accepted a bold challenge – an ode to particle physics involving six dancers and a luminocinetic installation. QUANTUM is the result of an artists’ residency at CERN, the world’s biggest particle physics laboratory, in Geneva.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - QUANTUM  (New Settings 2013)
© Grégory Batardon

Particles aren’t the only things colliding at CERN: choreographer  Gilles Jobin and rising visual arts star Julius von Bismarck were both winners at Collide@Cern 2012, in the dance and performance, and digital art categories respectively. Artists working among CERN’s scientists discover the fascinating world of numbers and abstractions, fueling exciting new works. 

Gilles Jobin sees striking parallels between the physicists’ creed - ‘deconstruct and scale’ - and his own approach to the art of movement. Julius von Bismarck worked with leading research scientists to create Versuch unter Kreisen (‘Attraction between Circles’), an imposing luminocinetic sculpture. Their joint work Quantum is the result of a highly sophisticated technical collaboration over several months, with the support of CERN scientists in Geneva and Berlin.

The luminocinetic installation consists of four constantly-rotating lamps, responding to imperceptible fluctuations programmed to match the choreography in minute detail, imbuing lamps and dancers alike with the mysterious qualities of anti-matter.

The piece is part of the Foundation’s New Settings programme for 2013: the laws of physics confront the visual and choreographic arts, taking on a new, aesthetic beauty.

Now Gilles Jobin knows better than anyone that attraction is the weakest force in the universe. The ultimate freedom for a contemporary dancer rooted to the floor.

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Choreography: Gilles Jobin
Lumino kinetic installation: Julius von Bismarck
Engineer: Martin Schied
Dancers: Catarina Barbosa, Ruth Childs, Susana Panadés Díaz, Stanislas Charré, Martin Roehrich, Denis Terrasse
Music: Carla Scaletti
Live performance: POL
Costumes: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Costume assistant: Léa Capisano
Scientific advisors: Michael Doser, Nicolas Chanon (physiciens du CERN)

In collaboration with: Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Collide@CERN, CERN Expérience CMS
With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings programme, of the Loterie Romande, of the Fondation meyrinoise pour la promotion culturelle, sportive et sociale and of the Fondation Leenaards

Gilles Jobin and Julius von Bismarck were both awarded the Collide@CERN 2012 prize. QUANTUM was developped as a result of the artists residency Collide@CERN in Geneva. The Versuch Unter Kreisen de Julius von Bismarck installation was developped during the artists residency Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN and displayed for the first time at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz in september 2012. The Gilles Jobin company is supported by the city of Geneva, the Republic and canton of Geneva and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Gilles Jobin is an artist associated with the Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy.

Thanks : Rolf Heuer, Ariane Koek, Michael Hoch, Austin Ball, Christoph Schaefer and all the Expérience CMS team, James Gillies, Paola Catapano, Lily Asquith, Victor Roy and the Théâtre du Galpon.