Audrey Wilson, ‘The Small Hadron Collider’, 2016, Alida Anderson Art Projects

Context Art Miami 2016

The original Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Inside the accelerator, two high-energy particle beams travel at close to the speed of light before they are made to collide. The beams travel in opposite directions in separate beam pipes. They are guided around the accelerator ring by a strong magnetic field maintained by superconducting electromagnets. Physicists hope that the LHC will help answer some of the fundamental questions in physics, concerning the basic laws governing the interactions and forces among the elementary objects, the deep structure of space and time, and the interrelation between quantum mechanics and general relativity. Essentially, this machine has the capabilities to create an artificial mega black hole. LHC experts are convinced it is safe, even though they may create black holes which gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into any parallel universe.

About Audrey Wilson

American, b. 1987, Columbus, OH, United States, based in Washington, DC, United States