What is this project about? A kind of material synaesthesia? A molecular gesamtkunstwerk? Only time and the experiment will tell..
Chris Henschke is an artist who works with digital and analogue media, sound and light, and experimental science. Since the end of the 20th Century, he has been exhibiting around Australia and internationally. A key component of his practice is in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, and he has undertaken a variety of art residencies, including an online artist residency at the National Gallery of Australia, 2004, an Asialink residency, 2007, and two residencies at the Australian Synchrotron, in 2007 and 2010, supported by the Australian Network for Arts and Technology.
Since 2000, he has developed courses and lectured in time-based and interactive media at RMIT University and Monash University, and the ‘Art vs Science’ seminar series at the Victorian College of the Arts Centre for Ideas. In 2012, he produced and presented at the ‘Colliding Ideas – Art, society and physics’ symposium, part of the International Conference on High Energy Physics, where the discovery of the Higgs Boson was announced.
He has recently completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at Monash University, which included on-site work at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland, as part of the ‘art@CMS’ collaboration.
Recent exhibitions include the following: ‘How Everything Began’ a group show at the Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria, 2016, opened by Nobel Prize in Physics laureates George Smoot and Peter Higgs; the ‘Symmetries’ art / physics exhibition at the ‘SUSY’supersymmetry conference at the University of Melbourne, 2015 (which he produced and curated); ‘Circulez’, on site at CERN, 2015; and the ‘Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts’ group show at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 2016, featuring his particle accelerator installation Song of the Phenomena, which was awarded the $10,000 non-acquisative Anne Runhardt art prize at the 2017 ‘NotFair’ art fair.