Lea Porsager: ‘Weird Oscillations’, with response by Verina Gfader, and plenary
Photo: Neutrino Horn. © CERN
My presentation revolves around a subatomic particle known as the neutrino — the so-called ghost-particle — and its influence on my recent works HORNY VACCUM, CØSMIC STIKRE and THE GHOST OF E. It expands on my search and research at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), on my conversations with neutrino scientist D. Jason Koskinen at the Niels Bohr Institute, as well as on the Pauli/Bohr letter correspondence retrieved from the Niels Bohr Archive. The presentation is packed with terms from the quantum vocabulary: left-handedness, oscillation/ flavors, weak force, missing energy, etc., accompanied by tantric technology, more specifically so-called Left-handed tantra. Theoretical physist Wolfgang Pauli plays a role in the presentation, together with Carl Gustav Jung. Through their correspondence this presentation gravitates towards “animism.” Animism in the sense that particles have a certain naked monstrosity, loaded with excitement and spirit.
Lea Porsager graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2010. Porsager is currently a PhD fellow at Malmö Art Academy and Lund University. Porsager’s practice interweaves fabulation and speculation with a variety of mediums including film, sculpture, photography and text. Her works encompass science, politics, feminism and esotericism. Porsager has exhibited widely in Europe in group and solo exhibitions for example at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Göttingen Kunstverein, Göttingen), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2015, and The Emily Harvey Foundation New York. In 2020 she will be having a solo exhibition at FuturDome, Milano and at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.