“La Scienza a regola d’Arte”: a conversation between Thomas Struth and James Beacham

The meeting between the German photographer Thomas Struth and the American physicist James Beachem, which will be held on 18 October in the hall of the LAC in Lugano, will offer the opportunity to weave together the experiences, pathways and visions of two great personalities that usually work in fields that border on Art and Science.

Over the last ten years, Thomas Struthhas dedicated his life to exploring the relationship between the artificial and the real, travelling the world in the search for laboratories and large scientific research facilities. “For me, they are the landscapes of the modern brain”, he explains. “Today there is this one-sided investment in technology and science as the promised better future – the iPhone, the internet, cloud computing. It seems to me that our thinking has become problematically entangled in these kinds of self-focused, endlessly repeating desires.That is why I wanted these pictures to look somehow exhausting”.

James Beacham, a young, brilliant scientist who also loves to speak about subjects such as technology and artistic events in in his public speeches will join the conversation with Struth. In 2012 Beacham was one of the main players in an extraordinary experience: he participated in the Large Hadron Collider experiment at CERN, the most extensive scientific experiment ever organized, which was conducted in a 27km-long tunnel on the border between France and Switzerland, buried 100 meters underground. In fact, the most technological and futuristic laboratory in the entire history of science.LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Piazza Bernardino Luini, 6
Lugano, Switzerland 

Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 6.15 p.m. 


Location: LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Date: October 18, 2018


James Beacham, particle physicist with the ATLAS Experiment at CERN.

Dr. James Beacham searches for answers to the biggest open questions of physics using the largest experiment ever, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He hunts for dark matter, gravitons, quantum black holes, and dark photons as a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. In addition to his research, he is a frequent speaker at popular sci/tech/art events around the world, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Royal Institution, SXSW, and the BBC. His talk “How we explore unanswered questions in physics”, was featured on TED.com and has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times. He contributes to podcasts, radio shows, and documentaries, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, and Gizmodo, among others. Beacham trained as a filmmaker before becoming a physicist and regularly collaborates with artists. In 2015 he launched Ex/Noise/CERN, a project exploring the connections between particle physics and experimental music and film.

Thomas Struth, contemporary German photographer

Thomas Struth was born in 1954 in Geldern, Germany and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. A part of the first generation of artists to study photography with Bernd and Hilla Becher in the 1970s, he spent a year in New York, where he produced black-and- white urban landscapes in central perspective. In the mid-1980s Struth began a series of color and black-and-white portraits of individuals and family groups. Illustrating Struth’s belief in photography as “a tool of scientific origin for psychological exploration,” this ongoing work examines the personal and cultural dynamics that condition our self-image, exploring how it will influence our individual and collective identities. In recent years, Struth became increasingly interested in the topics of technological innovations and the constructed landscape. For Nature & Politics, he photographed at sites of techno-industrial and scientific research including space stations and operating theatres. Additionally, Struth’s extensive repertoire of topics include his images of jungles and forest landscapes. Struth’s work is featured in various public art collections, including some of the most important galleries and museums over the world.