suckerPUNCH: describe your project
eno HENZE: “subjekbeschleuniger” (subject accelerator) mimics the signatures subatomic particles leave in collision detectors installed at the cern in geneva for example. i have always been fascinated by the beauty and simplicity of these signatures as opposed to their invisible meaningfulness. i use these shapes to create an image that still carries the symbolic reference of these signatures but that is dispensed from scientific interpretability at the same time. the drawing becomes a mere symbol for a very fundamental search.
what we do at institutions like the cern is the cutting edge of contemporary enlightenment – with all the debatable implications of this term … so the drawing is not a scientific evidence, but rather an aesthetic evidence for our search for the absolute, for the fact that we want to know the rules that define the way our world works at its core. technically speaking it is a laser drawing on photo coated wood. the odd thing about drawing with the computer to me was the fact, that there was always an industrial process at work when putting the drawing into a real world object. hence, i developed a system that allows me to navigate a laser beam in real time, to make drawings with light on photosensitive surfaces.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
eH: readings of peter sloterdijk, friedrich nietzsche, kurt gödel.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
eH: cern literature, brian cox interviews, particle physics, cloud chamber / bubble chamber images …
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
eH: tibitts / fornes, carsten nikolai, wolfgang tillmans