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Chris Henschke



Resonance is an artwork by Chris Henschke, developed in collaboration with particle physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, as part of the art@CMS program. Resonance is a fundamental property of nature, and is found on all scales, from the subatomic to the cosmic.

On the subatomic scale, particles such as the Higgs boson are so ephemeral, they are known as resonances, existing for femtoseconds (a millionth of one billionth of a second). This particle (also known as the “God Particle”) was recently detected in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experi-ment at CERN. On the cosmic scale, scientists are searching for resonations called “Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations”. These are theorized dark matter waves caused by the Big Bang itself, which may be of giga-parsec wavelengths (1 gigaparsec is about a thousand galaxies wide).

Resonance uses cymatic vibrations in water to audio-visually manifest data from particle colli-sions in the LHC experiment. In collaboration with CERN physicists, Henschke turned data from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector into audio, in a way that is expressive yet mathematically precise. Through the cymatic manifestations of the energies produced in the LHC, the artwork materially and conceptually expresses the essence of resonance.



Developed by Chris Henschke in collaboration with Wolfgang Adam and Michael Hoch, CERN. art@CMS

The Artist
Chris Henschke

Chris Henschke is an artist who works with digital and analogue media, sound and light, and high-energy physics.