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Čtyři dny | Four days

CERN – The Particle Accelerator

Tabula Rasa – Mikoláš Zika and Jan Brejcha

DAILY, Desfours Palace
Mo–Fr 16:00–22:00, Sa–Su 14:00–22:00
Opening and closing until 24:00
Price: 50 CZK (within an entrance fee for an exhibition)

The system of the environment relationships examined in our concept “CERN – The Particle Accelerator” is based on an alchemic engraving from the 16th century, showing various combinations of element transformations depending on the physical elements, such as cold, heat, drought, and moisture. The objects used in the installation (the performative space) are based on the “archaeological” findings made in the cellars of the Vinohrady Theatre. Other items are donations (in the form of school supplies) obtained from a secondary school department of physics. The objects (devices) are places on cascaded laboratory desks. They are read by acoustic sensors and illuminated and scanned in various ways.

In the installation, we use two squares inscribed into each as the basis for a kind of roulette, creating various combinations according to the principle of chance or fate. Then we use various formula to connect the laboratory environments. This way, we create a relatively wide range of partial, random, and variously combined installations. This particular installation is in the creative process. It reacts to the space, the environment, and the viewer. CERN can work either as a standalone multifunctional installation, or as a performative environment with an entry for viewers.