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sized matter

perception of the extreme unseen


jan-henrik andersen


The Art Gallery at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Batavia, Illinois from June 6th to August 26th 2005.

Top Quark Event , digital ink on paper

The image is based on a collider event from the

Tevatron at Fermilab and shows the creation of

a Top Quark, which lives for 10-25 of a second, that is a very short time, but at the exhibit, you may watch quarks for hours!!


A visual interpretation and exhibition of subatomic particle energy and matter - works from a unique collaboration between physics and art/design at the University of Michigan, showing large scale digital images, sculpture and functional objects.

The book proposal



Wilson Hall at Fermilab to the right: The Quarks Series, Digital Ink on Paper, 44x44 Photo by Georgia Schwender from the Art Gallery


DOWNLOADS (0.6 to 1.7Mb each)


HTML Web pages


The Project as Adobe .pdf


Hanging the show

Exhibited works as Adobe .pdf


Works at the exhibition - access to larger, highres. images than in the PDFs

Methodology as Adobe .pdf


The Standard Model and Visual Legend for Quarks, Leptons and Bosons

Creative Statement as Adobe .pdf Visual legend as Adobe .pdf


Reception and Colloquium was held at 4pm on June 29, 2005 in the Fermilab Art Gallery in Wilson Hall

The lecture by Jan-Henrik Andersen, From Mathematics to Aesthetic Coherence, is available at the Colloquium listing site (scroll down on the site)


JHA short bio as Adobe .pdf


University of Michigan Press Release Interactive Press Release with Adobe PDFs




Web References

Previous Press coverage (Detroit MetroTimes)

World Year of Physics 2005 PhysOrgNews, Design News, Science News Daily

tecnociencia B-Blog (Espania), Techno-Science Forum (France), WebExhibits

Physics News, Science Magazine




The purpose of ASCI is to raise public awareness about artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and to increase communication and collaboration between these fields.


Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) is a nonprofit based in New York City that has an excellent, monthly art-sci information eBulletin, and website documenting its seminal projects nurturing the field of art-science-technology since 1995.



The exhibited works are the result of several years of collaboration with my good colleagues Professors

Dr. Gordon Kane and

Dr. David Gerdes at the

Physics Department at

the University of Michigan.

Thank you both!

did I forget LOIS? oops... thank you too my friend!




Lots of appreciation goes to Fermilab, and Georgia Schwender at the Art Gallery for inviting the exhibit.

Thanks also to Office of the Vice President of Research at University of Michigan and Dean Bryan Rogers at the School of Art&Design for their financial support, and Professorial Colleagues Sherri Smith, Dennis Miller and Dwayne Overmyer for their constructive critique and collaboration.