The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has chosen our project ¨Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography¨, as one of the seven chosen to receive funding as part of Reintegrate*: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts & Sciences.
The Project´s team is formed by Sarah Demers (Physics – Assistant professor, Physics Department at Yale University ), Emily Coates (Dance . Director of the dance studies curriculum at Yale University) and myself (Photography.)
The recent discovery of a particle that is consistent with the Higgs boson has resulted in considerable interest among the general public. The last of the predicted particles within the standard model of particle physics, the Higgs is the mechanism responsible for the mass of subatomic particles.
Our Reintegrate project will translate the details of the Higgs boson discovery into a series of precisely choreographed visual images. By translating potentially the greatest breakthrough in particle physics in the 21st century through the intersecting artistic mediums of photography and dance, we will investigate the problem and benefits of communication across three disciplines that weigh heavily toward the non-verbal articulation of ideas.
Sarah Demers (Physics) is a particle physicist and an assistant professor in the Physics Department at Yale University. As a member of the International ATLAS Collaboration, she uses data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland in her research on elementary particles and the forces that govern their interactions. Professor Demers received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. She is on the executive committee of the users organization that represents the 1000+ American physicists whose research is based at CERN. In 2011 she received an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy for her work at ATLAS.
Emily Coates (Dance) has directed the dance studies curriculum at Yale University since its inception in 2006. From 2006 to 2012, she also served as the artistic director of the World Performance Project at Yale, a performance research initiative established to draw artists and scholars into dialogue. A dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher, her work assumes a variety of formats, often through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration. She has danced with New York City Ballet and in the companies of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Yvonne Rainer. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and holds an M.A. in American Studies from Yale.
Kike Calvo (Photography) . It is an honor to be a part of an exciting new exploration that is incorporating new aspects of expression into a topic unfamiliar to the arts; science. With the new discovery of the particle, “Higgs Boson”, and it’s great potential to our future in terms of development in technology, and our society this project is something I deem extremely important. I believe my team and I will deliver a unique yet tantalizng vision that will include all three subjects, Science, Dance, and Photography to a final product hopefully leaving observers in amazement. This privilege and rendering form of my professional art, photography is something I take with great esteem, as I look forward to the outcome I’d like to thank all in involved and congratulate all teams invited into this Reintegrate project.
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*Reintegrate: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts and Sciences is made possible through a Creative Placemaking Pilot Program grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.