I have been listening to Particle Physics for Beginners: A Tour of the Microcosmos by Stephen Pollock https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/particle-physics-for-non-physicists-a-tour-of-the-microcosmos.html When I began the book, I was applying for artist in residence in Fermilab and I needed more background. I had been addressing this subject matter previously for my freshmen classes.
It is an exhilarating experience envisioning all that makes up all that is.
Problems with Particle Physics
The visual depictions. The particles in the diagrams are incredibly ordered. Is this not just wishful thinking? As human, I cannot even order my hair. And bodily functions? Oh please. I am part of the universe and I am messy.
What is with these perfect shapes anyway?
I pretty much just loved the title. It does not bear the weight of the length of the recording. This does have the feel of high school Dungeons and Dragons players and gendered in that high school boy way. (I know everyone can play but all the conversations I’ve had about the game are with high school boys. Well, I teach at a boys’ school. What should I expect?) However, visions of Madonna came to mind, musing on the Kabbalah.
I thought this article would have a bit more science. Some is addressed. It is mostlyt worth listening to.
“Postmodernism” by Kevin Hart https://books.google.com/books?id=Sv2hIXcT8qUC&source=gbs_book_other_versionsThe author is not the comedian, rather he is a poet-philosopher-theologian. Not much art is discussed but this was useful in considering structuralism and post structuralism and about where the world falls now.
Extrapolating into particle physics, and everywhere else there is the space between. Gosh darn Foucault keeps coming back to mind. What is with these French philosophers? Structuralism gives us the idea of perfection, perfect shapes, equilibrium, does time stand still? Post structuralism allows for waves of light (they can bend!) at the same time particles of light (they don’t bend!) Wonderful and not at the same time. How very relatable.
This much shorter article is probably where I needed to go. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-a-mental-universe-is-_b_8682048
Fermilab art show: Cosmic Design featuring work of Shanthi Chandrasekar
Prints, paper cut-outs, paintings, and relief work make up this very rewarding display. https://events.fnal.gov/art-gallery/events/event/cosmic-design-shanthi-chandraskar/
Even though the first line of her statement on the site brings to mind so many high school artist statements (ever since I can remember……) the mental synapses are all on fire and mapped so you can follow. There were a couple prints that still had the perfect-ish corcle but the translation between print to paper allowed for some satisfying unevenness. (Maybe all my ramblings are a rationale about my housekeeping and the state of my art room?) While visiting the show, I appreciated the openness of the artist as she spoke of her work. She spoke about her process, managing work and family and art. All of it is enmeshed, entangled.