Florence, April 21, 2016 at 6 pm
Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea

A dialogue between art, physics and astronomy with Giovanni Losurdo, Giacomo Raffaelli e Paolo Tozzi

Moving from the recent discovery of the gravitational waves, – a phenomenon theorized by Albert Einstein in 1916 which was subject of researches from scientists for more than a century – the lecture revolves around a conversation intersecting the language of physics, astronomy and contemporary art. Artist Giacomo Raffaelli and the astrophysics Paolo Tozzi will discuss with Giovanni Losurdo, project leader of Advanced Virgo, the Italian project that took part to the revolutionary research announced to the world in February 2016.  Following such a greatest discovery, the topic of its diffusion is at stake: how to communicate it to the public? How to translate data and revelations to a daily dimension? Can art be the tool for such translation and transmission operations?
Moving from apparently very different perspectives, the guest speakers will move on a common ground of inquiry: the translation’s possibilities of the scientific and artistic research outside their specific fields of belonging.
Following to the collaboration between the three researchers, originated in occasion of the installation Blind Injections by Giacomo Raffaelli based on the relationships between sound and the study of the gravitational waves, the conversation will try to open a space of reflection on the definition of a common language among diverse disciplinary contexts.

The lecture is organized by Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea in collaboration with Sonic Somatic.

Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea
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Giovanni Losurdo is INFN First Researcher in Florence and project leader for Advanced Virgo. He researched gravitational waves since his graduation thesis, held in Pisa in 1993. Phd doctor in physics at the Scuola Normale in Pisa, he worked under the guide of Adalberto Giazotto to he development of mirrors’ isolating systems of VIRGO and later into the team of “commissioning” which led Virgo to reach the sensibility of the project. Since 2006 he coordinates the activities for the birth of Advanced Virgo and he is its project leader since 2009.

Giacomo Raffaelli is a visual artist and a researcher. In its practices he works with videos, installations and performative lectures in order to survey the most peripheral and anthropological aspects of the scientific research through collaborations with international institutions such as the National Physical Laboratory of London and the Danish Institute of Fundamental Metrology of Copenhagen. From 2013 he presented his works and performances in several venues in Italy and abroad such as at Mart – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Viafarini DOCVA, South London Gallery (London, UK), Camberwell Space (London, UK), Hotel Pro Forma (Copenhagen, DK), “untitled” BCN (Barcelona, ESP), L.E.S. – Local Experimental Society, (Almaty, KZ).

Paolo Tozzi is INAF First Researcher at the Osservatorio Astrofisico of Arcetri, Florence. His research deals with extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology both experienced by observative and theoretical perspectives. He worked at the Space Telescope Institute and at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimora (USA), where he collaborated with the Nobel Prize Riccardo Giacconi to the deepest observation of the X rays in the extragalactic sky.