Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerator
2006
Mixed materials
160cm x 80cm x 40cm

Particle Accelerator uses the Cargo Cult phenomenon as a point of departure for understanding the world around us. The phenomenon was discovered on remote Pacific islands after Word War II, where the native hosts of Allied bases initiated religious movements in order to re-establish the flow of cargo that ceased once the war ended. The rituals in these attempts could manifest themselves as improvised airports in the middle of the jungle, with torch-lit runways overseen by air-traffic controllers equipped with cocnut-headsets.

It's in the attempt to navigate a system one has no condition to understand that the Cargo Cult-phenomenon is at it's most interesting and charming. It can be easy to laugh of the natives of these islands without realizing the parallel which can be drawn to our own society. A lot of today's cultural production discusses our endeavors towards maneuvering through a world which can be disorienting and overwhelming.

Particle Accelerator is such an attempt at approaching humankind's understanding of physics as science. Most of us have heard about this branch of science, while the majority of us haven't a clue as to what the research, for example at CERN in Switzerland, really implies. This is exactly how Particle Accelerator functions; as a literal interpretation which doesn't carry any definable scientific implications from particle physics.

What's left is a shell with pretentions of meaning which in reality falls short of these pretentions. The inadequate interpretation is what becomes interesting, and what it says about the individual's position in an inaccessible and complicated understanding of reality.