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Digital Latin: Projecting Particles Workshop

Particle physics and projection art merge to engage youth.

Lead Artist: Agnes Chavez in collaboration with Markus Dorninger

Date: June 4 and 5, 2014

Location: Digital Latin STEMArts Education Program, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Participants: 6-8 middle school students from Sandia Manos program

In this two day workshop, students will learn about projection art, video mapping and installation projects. To inform and inspire their art, students will participate in Skype chats with  Michael Graesser, our guest scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, for an introduction to particle physics and to share why physics theories are relevant in our everyday lives. Concepts from particle physics will include; relativity, parallel universes, hidden dimensions, dark matter, Higgs Boson Particle.

These informal chats will invite students to question “reality”  and expand their thinking about space, time and the world around them. They will get a glimpse of the most important unsolved questions in physics today to inspire them to think and explore possibilities.

Students will develop their concepts by drawing and constructing using paper, board, and any other found materials in a hands-on non-digital way. 

Through a collaboration with Markus Dorninger, a Vienna artist and Tagtool app developer, Chavez will teach students to create animated visualizations based on the ideas that they will get from the physics exchanges.

This workshop is sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, 516Arts and National Hispanic Cultural Center in collaboration with Collide@CERN and Sube, Inc.