Science-inspired artist to tweet from CERN

A SCIENCE-inspired art installation has led a Kilkenny artist to a whole new world – a chance to tweet from CERN, writes Tess Felder.

A SCIENCE-inspired art installation has led a Kilkenny artist to a whole new world – a chance to tweet from CERN, writes Tess Felder.

Lucy McKenna, who is creating an installation called “Electron Cloud” to be displayed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, has been selected to tweet from the Geneva-based European Laboratory for Particle Physics today (Wednesday).

She was selected for the event in her capacity as an artist with a science-informed practice, and the event, called CERNtweetup, will involve her live-tweeting events all day including a visit to see behind the scenes at CERN.

Participants will visit to the control centre of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer cosmic ray detector, which was launched into space last year, and to join the official inauguration of the control centre by the six NASA astronauts who flew the detector to the International Space Centre.

They will also visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider control centre and be part of an audience of CERN physicists to hear the astronauts’ stories in the Main Auditorium, sitting in the same room where the Higgs Boson results were announced on July 4.

Lucy is the only Irish person to be selected to attend this using Twitter, with the other four representatives from Greece, Germany, the UK and France. She will post information and images throughout the day of CERN events at www.twitter.com/lucy_mckenna.