Suzanne Treister

THUTOAH - The Holographic Universe Theory Of Art History
HD video 16:54 mins looped
Audio 51:16 mins looped
+ 13 watercolours by CERN particle physicists

THUTOAH is a CERN/Collide International award project
To further investigate the holographic universe principle and how this may have informed the history of art.

This year’s winner, Suzanne Treister, has developed a major new work which takes as a starting point the idea that our universe can be thought of as a vast and complex hologram - a theory also currently being explored at CERN. She comments: “My project, The Holographic Universe Theory of Art History (THUTOAH), further hypothesises that beyond acknowledged art historical contexts and imperatives artists may have always also been unconsciously describing the holographic nature of reality. The central work of THUTOAH is an experimental video which tests this theory: echoing the methodology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN it accelerates art history, from cave painting to contemporary art, into several minutes, projecting over 25,000 works chronologically at 25 images-per-second in a looped sequence."

video still composite/op art

To be shown from 23 Nov 2018 - 3 March 2019 at FACT, Liverpool, England.
Touring to CCCB, Barcelona, Spain (9th April - 24th September 2019); Le Lieue Unique, Nantes, France (9 October 2019 - January 2020); iMAL, Brussels, Belgium.

THUTOAH was developed as part of the Collide International Award, a partnership programme between Arts at CERN and FACT. It was co-produced by ScANNER (Science-Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), composed of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool); Arts at CERN, Geneva; CCCB (Centro de Cultural Contemporania de Barcelona); iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory, Brussels); and LLU (Le Lieu Unique, Nantes) (Feb - June 2020).

Winner of Collide International award Suzanne Treister at CERN
Photo: Claudia Marcellona, May 3rd 2018

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