Exciting things can happen when art and science intersect. During two visits in 2019 four artists,Nadia Lichtig, Josèfa Ntjam, Anne Riley, and Jol Thoms visited SNOLAB and the McDonald Institute to participate in Drift: Art and Dark Matter. This artist residency and exhibition project aims to foster interaction and dialogue between artists and physicists and inspire the creation of new works by the participating artists.
This exciting project brought SNOLAB researchers, engineers, technicians, and tradespeople together with the artists to explore new ways of thinking about art, science, discovery, and the search for dark matter. The participating artists had a diverse range of interactions during the residency and are now in a period of home studio production and virtual dialogue to advance their art production.
The idea behind the residency and eventual exhibit is to explore a new perspective on the science, as seen through the lens of each artist. The hope is that in the same way the artists’ site visits sparked interdisciplinary conversation, the artworks in the exhibit will inspire conversations about dark matter and the science that goes into searching for it.
The exhibit will open at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario January 2021 before departing on a national tour. Learn more about the project and the participating artists HERE.