SFB42 organised an intradisciplinary studygroup and artistic ethnographic trip to the LNGS Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (the largest underground laboratory in the world) together with Jol Thoms and Physicists from the SFB1258, TUM.

Artists and Physicists produced common epistemic objects (TRANSOBJECTS) and presented them within a performative event at Reaktorhalle Munich in Ferbruary 2019.

The trip included a day in the LNGS with LabVisits to the three experiments BOREXINO, GERDA and CRESST. These experiments are working on the research about dark matter, neutrinos and cosmic messengers. We also organise two hikes to Gran Sasso mountain and a visit to the nearby town of L’Aquila and the medieval village of Assergi. This collective experience was the starting point for the production of joint objects, realised during a production phase from December 2018 to the end of February 2019.


Date: 29-31 Oct 2018
Location: AdBK, Gartenhaus
Participants: AdBK Students, SFB1258/TUM Physicists

Directed by Jol Thoms and supported by SFB42. Collective preparation in a three-day workshop Performative exercises are accompanied by an introduction to the scientific background by Prof. Dr. Stefan Schönert.

Date: 25-29 Nov 2018
Location: LNGS, Gran Sasso, L´Aquila
Participants: Studygroup

Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (the largest underground laboratory in the world).  Located in the Gran Sasso Mountain.


CRESSTSearching for Dark Matter

With the CRESST experiment – Cyronic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers, physicists from around Europe are searching for a new form of matter, the Dark Matter. This is believed to be the missing matter of the universe. To search for Dark Matter, detectors operating at very low temperatures have been developed, where particle interactions can heat up the detectors strongly enough in order to be detected.

GERDA Are neutrinos identical to their antiparticles?

Next to photons, neutrinos are the most abundant particles in the universe and therefore influence it sustainably. Still, they are almost undetectable to us since they interact with matter extremely weakly.

Their most remarkable feature is currently only an assumption and still awaits verification: neutrinos could be their own antiparticles. This property would confirm theoretical preconceptions and would significantly change our current understanding of the structure of matter and of the development of the universe. The GERDA experiment (GERmanium Detector Array) should get to the bottom of this hypothesis.

BOREXINOa deep look into the sun

Borexino - BORon solar neutrino EXperiment – is a solar neutrino real time experiment makes use of the neutrino-electron scattering reaction to detect neutrinos emitted from the Sun. Besides the possibility to study the intrinsic properties of neutrinos, they also provide an exceptional way to look deep into the nuclear reactions of our sun. BOREXINO is part of the Super Nova Early Warning System.


A collective preparation within a three-day workshop directed by Jol Thoms: Performative exercises and work presentations are accompanied by an introduction to the scientific background about the LNGS by Stefan Schönert.

Day one

Elizabeth Mondragon told us about the CRESST experiment and the search for dark matter, Christoph Wiesinger about the GERDA experiment and the study of neutrinos, and Diogo da Cruz presented his last art projects with a performative artist talk.

Day two

Konrad Altenmüller talked about the Borexino experiment, studying solar neutrinos with one of the world’s most radio-pure detectors. Jol Thoms talked about diffraction and his audio-video composition G24|0vßß. We also had presentations of Marisa Zengerle, Stephanie Olszewski, Andreas Erhart, Lou JP Mußgnug, Timur Turkovic, Simona De Fabritiis and Cordula Schieri.

Day three

Stefan Schönert told the group a bit more about the experiments in Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS). We also had work presentations from Johannes Herms, Amelie Loessl, Eva Laura Winter, Josua Rappl, Mathias Walter, Angela Neumair, Gabriela Cudmani, Sille Kima, Soo Wise, Merlin Stadler and Martina Marini Misterioso.

At the end of the day, we started working on possibilities for a collective project.


SFB42 went to L’Aquila to visit the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS), the world’s largest underground laboratory for particle physics, located in the Gran Sasso Mountain.

The group formed during the workshop had the opportunity to have an intensive collaborative experience during these three days.
Day one 

Workshop day at the GSSI (Gran Sasso Science Institute) lead by Jol Thoms.

Guided tour through LNGS (Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso) lead by Stefan Schönert, Matthias Lanbenstein, Konrad Altenmüller, Christoph Wiesinger and Elizabeth Mondragon.

Day two

Discussion at GSSI (Gran Sasso Science Institute) and hike to the Gran Sasso Mountain

Day 3

Another hike to Gran Sasso Mountain, visiting the medieval village of Assergi

In October 2018, SFB42 visited the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, the largest set of underground laboratories dedicated to the study of fundamental components of matter. Based on jointly gathered experiences and materials, the group developed an artistic-scientific experimental system which uses the iterative process of "transobjects".

An artist and scientist duo collaborated on an ‘object’ for a week and pass it through to the next duo for a unique process of transdiciplinary “exquisite corpse” which results in the exposed and performed research at the Reaktorhalle.

Our first project #eco_techno_cosmo_logic  was developed in collaboration with artist Jol Thoms and was presented in cooperation with SFB1258 Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astroparticle Physics on February 9th 2019, from 20h to 22h in Reaktorhalle.

An introductory conversation on investigating art as an experimental system was be held by Dr. Susanne Witzgall and Jol Thomson gave a brief screen-based performance linking his experimental pedagogical practice with the themes and histories of #eco_techno_cosmo_logic field trip through his relationship with the Physics department of the TUM.

with: Konrad Altenmüller, Diogo da Cruz, Gabi Cudmani, Andreas Erhart, Simona De Fabritiis, Johannes Herms, Sille Kima, Amelie Loessl, Martina Marini Misterioso, Elizabeth Mondragon, Lou JP Mußgnug, Angela Neumair, Stephanie Olszewski, Josua Rappl, Merlin Stadler, Jol Thomson, Mathias Walter, Christoph Wiesinger, Laura Winter, Soo Wise, Marisa Zengerle, Timur Turkovic, Cordula Schieri

photos by Constanza Meléndez

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From October 2018 until February 2019, Dr. Susanne Witzgall organised a reading group and discussion around the contemporary discourses about Art and Science, within the programme of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies.


Kolloquium zum aktuellen Kunst-Wissenschafts-Diskurs
Dr. Susanne Witzgall

Unterrichtssprache: Deutsch und Englisch

Angeregt durch die – von Studierenden der Akademie der Bildenden Künste initiierte – interdisziplinäre Projektklasse „SFB42“ sollen im Rahmen dieses Kolloquiums zentrale Texte diskutiert werden, die für den gegenwärtigen Dialog von Kunst und (Natur)wissenschaften von Bedeutung sind. Diese schließen nicht nur Texte mit ein, die derzeit von vielen transdisziplinär arbeitenden Künstlern/innen rezipiert werden (z. B. Aufsätze von Hans-Jörg Rheinberger oder Autoren/innen des Neuen Materia-lismus), sondern auch solche, die transversale, diffraktive oder dekoloniale Metho-dologien propagieren (Felix Guattari, Karen Barad, Linda Tuhlway Smith). Ziel des Kolloquiums ist es, über die gemeinsame Analyse dieser Texte ein offenes Forum zu schaffen, in dem das grundsätzliche Verhältnis sowie Differenzen und Ähnlichkeiten von Kunst und Wissenschaften, aber auch ein mögliches Aufbrechen von konven-tionellen Wissenskategorien und ein Durcheinanderhindurchdenken von künstle-rischen und wissenschaftlichen Weltzugängen diskutiert werden können.