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CERN illuminates the "Shadows of the Infinite"

Geneva, 23 October 2002. CERN1 the world's leading particle physics research laboratory, has joined forces with the London Institute, one of the world's leading institutions in creativity to bring about a European revolution in arts and science with the aid of funding from the EC.

The London Institute will unveil five radical new fusions of art and science across Europe in one week at the beginning of November. These are:

A Preview performance of Life's a Monkey
A major new drama written by Michael Benson and directed by Ken McMullen at the Cochrane theatre, London. Starring Susannah Doyle. Runs from 31 October until 9 November.

Signatures of the Invisible
An exhibition featuring the work of 12 of Europe's leading visual artists including Richard Deacon, Paolo Pivi, Sylvie Blocher and Roger Ackling, which opens at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 7 November and runs until 19 January 2003.

Nothing...Nada! Symposium
A major Symposium on Art and Science featuring contributions from CERN scientists Maurice Jacob, John March Russell, Michael Doser and also featuring Gustav Metzger, Patrick Hughes and Benoit Mandelbrot. Runs from 8 to 9 November at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.

Particle Fabrics
An exhibition created in partnership with 10 Corso Como, the renowned Milanese Fashion house, to showcase groundbreaking textile design from Chelsea College of Art and Design, one of the constituent colleges of the London Institute. This has been inspired through collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in conjunction with the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL). Runs from 8 November until 20 November.

The unveiling of an important new work by sound artist Max Neuhaus inspired by the research of CERN and made possible by the Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain (FCAC) of Geneva and the London Institute. Opens on 12 November, permanent work.

The Director General of CERN, Luciano Maiani said: "This initiative brings together scientists working at the frontiers of knowledge and artists working at the most innovative edge or modern art. The results have so far been fascinating."

Sir Michael Bichard, Rector of the London institute said: "I am full of admiration for the inspirational work that has been carried out by the artists, designers and scientists involved in each of these five projects. The Institute is proud of these collaborations and I very much hope that the extraordinary work which has resulted from this dialogue between art and science will be the stimulus for even more adventurous and far reaching work in the future."

Full details are available here.

Contact at the London Institute: Nick Kaplony + 44 207 514 6113   Email: n.kaplony @linst.ac.uk

1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and Unesco have observer status.