Victoria Browne, “Stringskip der CERN”


Artist: Victoria Browne (London, UK)

Title: Stringskip der CERN (2012)

Medium/technique(s): Engravings

Edition size: 25

Number of pages: Fold-out Map Book

Dimensions, open: 70 x 70 cm

Dimensions, closed: 15 x 25 cm


Artist Statement:

Edition of twenty-five, 70 x 70cm, folded map book with slipcase. Hand engravings printed onto Fabriano Academia Drawing paper and soaked in linseed oil at East London Printmakers.

The artist’s book transmodified a temporary installation into a map book. The projection in Sir John Soane’s Belfry played on locating the ever-elusive Higgs boson, drawing on 19th century hachuring techniques and the Dufourkarten – a military topographical survey of Switzerland completed in 1862 – to parody first beam events of CERN’s large hadron collider. The hand engraved plexiglass slide shifts in arrangement, projecting and rebounding onto the Belfry’s ceiling, accompanied by the mechanical vibrations of the organ underfoot.