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Broken Symmetries

Uncover the hidden aspects of our world in this new international exhibition.

Part of the Winter 2018 season

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ATLAS is one of two general-purpose detectors at the Large Hadron Collider. Image courtesy of CERN

Premiering at FACT, Broken Symmetries brings together artists who aim to understand and question the physical world by navigating the shifting realities of modern science.

The underlying nature of the universe remains ever-elusive. But now, thanks to the technological and scientific breakthroughs of the last hundred years, we are more able than ever to understand the nature of this hidden realm, revealing and interpreting the symmetries which govern our existence.

FACT's collaboration with CERN pursues the eternal connection between art and science, and the results are outstanding.

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This inquiry into existence has long served as an inspiration to many artists.

Through scientific and artistic collaborations, our exhibition brings together ten new commissions by international artists who creatively explore questions and connections that may contribute to the understanding of the hidden world, and the impact it has on our lives.

Broken Symmetries is curated by Mónica Bello and José-Carlos Mariátegui, and is co-produced by ScANNER (the Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), composed of Arts at CERN (the arts program of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva); FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool); CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona); le lieu unique (Center for Contemporary Culture – Nantes) and iMAL (interactive Media Arts Laboratory, Brussels).

Additional support from The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.

ScANNER was initiated through the Collide International residency Award 2016-2018, a partnership programme between Arts at CERN and FACT.

Header image: Yunchul Kim, detail of Cascade (2018), KCCUK. Photo: Mark Blower.

Cascade, 2018

Sculptural elements: Argos (Geiger–Müller tube, glass, aluminium, micro controller (480 x 400 mm)); Impulse (non-pulsating pump, solenoid valve, micro controller, acrylic, aluminium (2300 x 2000 mm)); Tubular (PDMS, micro tube (dimensions variable))


Tired Tantric Experiment (single-channel 3D film with sound (62:00 mins); Daybeds (foam-mattresses, bedspreads (dimensions variable); anaglyph 3D glasses; Sushumna Nadi Avatar (original neutrino horn from CERN)

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Liverpool LASER Talks

Join us for the opening of a new international exhibition premiering at FACT, with a series of talks from artists, scientists and curators who are pushing the boundaries of artist research and deepening engagement with science.

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FACT Lates

Join us for a late opening for the chance to see our latest exhibition, Broken Symmetries, after hours!

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Curator Tour

Join us as we take you on an in-depth curator tour of Broken Symmetries.

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FACT Lates

Join us for a late opening for the chance to see our latest exhibition, Broken Symmetries, after hours!

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Curator Tour

Join us and co-curator José-Carlos Mariátegui, as we take you on an in-depth tour of Broken Symmetries.

State of the Art VR Activate

Cognitive Conversations

Join us for a discussion and interactive hands-on augmented reality experience led by a neuroscientist, curator, designer and artists.

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Artist Talk: Suzanne Treister

Join FACT and artist Suzanne Treister, winner of the 2018 Collide Award, for a discussion about her new work The Holographic Universe Theory of Art History (THUTOAH), currently showing as part of Broken Symmetries.

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