Visuals collide where art meets science

2013-03-17 10:00

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Marcus Neustetter and Nina Czegledy have collaborated on a project called The Visual Collider, which is currently on show at Circa on Jellicoe in Rosebank, Joburg. Picture: Circa Gallery

In a set of manipulated photographs, Hungro-Canadian artist Nina Czegledy and South African Marcus Neustetter collaborate on a project for the first time to create what they’ve called The Visual Collider.

The exhibition is currently on at the concept gallery space, Circa on Jellicoe, in Rosebank, northern Joburg.

The Visual Collider was created after Czegledy and Neustetter were greatly inspired by a lecture on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that

was presented at Sci-Bono Johannesburg in 2008.

The LHC is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, which was used by scientists in Switzerland to uncover the much sought-after subatomic particle, the “God particle”, otherwise known as at the Higgs Boson.

The LHC slams or causes protons that are part of the hadron family to collide so that the simulated explosion may be studied.

Czegledy and Neustetter deliberated and tested multiple project ideas for several months, but they immediately adopted an approach, which led to The Visual Collider, an obvious play on the LHC.

Hence, for this show, the artists are presenting a small segment of their larger vision of an ongoing collision of images and impressions.

To set their work apart from that of the scientists who inspired them, the artists note the following: “At the actual collider, every function including research, development and production is based on principles and systems.

“In contrast, our method is spontaneous, immediate and intentionally unsystematic. Nevertheless, there are significant junctures. LHC is an immense scientific venture.

Marcus Neustetter and Nina Czegledy (Everard Read Gallery) Picture: Circa Gallery

“While in the sciences it is prudent to build on fundamental facts with analytical precision, in reality these investigations are often permeated with the exploration of the unknown, reaching unexpected revelations.

“In our practice, working with the bizarre, travelling towards unpredictable destinations, is a regular pursuit.

“These unexpected results, including happy accidents, often lead to significant alternate solutions or theories.

“Our adjacent images presented in this exhibition reveal unconventional interpretations frequently through unforeseen collisions.

“By employing a personal approach to The Visual Collider, we challenge mega-projects such as the actual LHC, asking atypical questions concerning the experimental smashing together of information whether in the form of photographic light or protons.”

The images that Czegledy and Neustetter are presenting with this quasi-science project also have an aesthetic vignette. It’s the serenity found in the photographic result of the collided images of the Hillbrow Tower and that of some snowy wilderness.

The beauty is the possibility of chance, of probability, of potential. Just like the shimmering bodies of skyscrapers rising up between the legs of a stranger’s picture.

This exhibition at Circa marks the project’s return to the place of its conception, Joburg, and follows an introductory exhibition of the Visual

Collider book in Vela Luka, Croatia.

Czegledy and Neustetter evolved the project into a journey to 10 more destinations across North America, and central and Eastern Europe.

»?The Visual Collider is on until March?30 at Circa on Jellicoe in Rosebank, Joburg

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