Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher – 2020

Fermilab Arts & Lectures – At Home

by Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher artists-in-residence 2020

Artists as translators: Expressing immense ideas on a human scale

They will be discussing their work and the creative process of translating complex subjects such as infinity, scale and time.

In 2014 they began their series Dataatadata, a play on Dadaism, centering on the beauty of information and the poetry of numbers, and how they can be used to express immense ideas in a visual and experiential way.

Decoding subjects such as higher dimensional math and particle physics has become the focus of their current work.  They will be discussing their experience at Fermilab and their deep dive into the quantum universe, as they search for larger narratives and meaning in the complex and elusive world of particle physics.

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During our residency at Fermilab our focus is the development of compelling and meaningful visual interpretations of the science and expression of the infinitesimal universe of atomic structures and subatomic particles. Using the visualization of data surrounding the study of these particles we will be creating a destination installation, an on campus immersive experience with sound and interactive projections.



Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher, a Brooklyn based duo, embarked on their first direct collaboration with their hugely successful installation, Symphony in D Minor, a self-contained thunderstorm, which is now part of the permanent collection of Hydropolis Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. Their work is multimedia and multidimensional, their subject matter is driven by specific projects, environments and experiences.  Overall, they look to explore new technologies and to use them to express immense ideas on a human scale; employing sound, sculpture, video, projection mapping, composites, digital new media and performance.

Chris and Patrick’s art has exhibited in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Oklahoma, Spain, Italy and Poland.  Their works have been written about around the globe in Forbes, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Designboom, Creators Project, TSpain: The New York Times Style Magazine and Wallpaper to name a few.  They have received grants from The Brooklyn Arts Council, Black Rock Arts Foundation and TC Fund and were resident artists at La Fragua, 2424 Studios and The Invisible Dog Art Center.

More of their work can be seen on their website


Work in Progress

Continuing our collaborative series Dataatadata, a 21st century play on Dadaism, concentrated on the enigmatic beauty of raw information and the poetry of numbers.

Beginning the exploration of hexadecimal expressions compiled from the raw detector data coming from the MicroBooNE experiment at Fermilab.

Just like neutrinos, our new series “Ghost Particle” is invisible. The only way to see these pieces are when there is a reaction, such as light causing a shadow on the wall, or being picked up in the carving.



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