Visit the Collider... in Singapore

The Collider exhibition, which blends theatre, video and sound art to draw visitors, will run till Feb 14 at the ArtScience Museum.
The Collider exhibition, which blends theatre, video and sound art to draw visitors, will run till Feb 14 at the ArtScience Museum. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Parts of the Large Hadron Collider have been recreated at an exhibition at the ArtScience Museum.

Called Collider, the exhibition opened on Saturday and will run till Feb 14. 

Co-curator and particle physicist Harry Cliff told The Straits Times that one of the key challenges in putting together the exhibition is to find ways to showcase the scale of the facility, as well as the super tiny particles that it is used to study.

Hence, the exhibition, developed by the Science Museum in London, features a 270 degree circular video art projection, which brings visitors face to face with a giant particle detector before zooming in on a proton as it collides with another.

But it is not just all physics. 

Visitors also get a glimpse of life among the community working at the Collider located near Geneva in Switzerland, including the jokes scientists post on noticeboards. "The exhibition is set up like a visit to Cern, so you'll get the feeling of being underground in the tunnels of the Collider," said Dr Cliff. 

This is also the first time the exhibition is travelling out of Europe. It was previously held in London, Manchester and Paris.Tickets cost $9 for a child and $15 for an adult. However, Singaporeans pay $6 and $10 respectively.


Calvin Yang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'Visit the Collider... in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe