The ARTacama Project
Since its inception in early 2012, the principal objective of The ARTacama Project has been the creation of a vehicle through which to bridge art and science, and promote public awareness of ongoing world-class research programs in experimental cosmology and the visual arts, while also serving as an inspiration to the next-generation of scientists, technologists, and fine artists, through direct engagement within communities across the United States and Chile.
Central to the project has been the creation of a painting created by Jackie Tileston used to cover the surface of ACTPol, a new, high-sensitivity camera for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT), built in part by Prof. Mark Devlin and Benjamin Schmitt at Penn, now in operation at the ACT field site.
ACT is located at over 17,000 feet in elevation on Cerro Toco, an extinct stratovolcano situated near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile. It is dedicated to probing the nature of the earliest light in the universe, called the Cosmic Microwave Background, allowing for a better understanding of the mysterious dark matter and energy, and the growth of structure leading to the universe in which we reside today.
As such, since its installation to the ACT site in early 2013, The ARTacama Project has taken its place as the highest-altitude contemporary art installation in the world, installed on one of the highest-altitude ground-based telescopes on Earth. After two seasons of early scientific operations in 2013 and 2014, the ACTPol camera was fully-deployed in spring 2015, and full operations are now underway in Chile.
Philadelphia painter Jackie Tileston, the artist in association with the ARTacama Project was a natural partner. Her painting, Radical Measure (Not Entirely Random), an oil and mixed media painting on linen, conjures simultaneously the silence of an interstellar atmosphere to a fleeting spectral apparition. In this piece, Tileston succeeds in bringing multiple phenomena together to create an environment that exists on its own terms.
Press About The Project:
THE ESSENTIAL EDGE: THE LAKE GENEVA REVIEW OF GLOBAL WRITING
by William Dowell | on May 19, 2015
ARTacama – Art Meets Science Mapping the Cosmic Microwave Background
by Chip Schwartz | on May 20, 2015
ARTacama: Art and Science from Philadelphia converge in Chile and look beyond
The ARTacama Project Team:
Mark Devlin: Mark Devlin is the Reese W. Flower Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark is primarily concentrated on experimental cosmology research involving the design, fabrication, and operation of sophisticated instrumentation and telescopes used to observe from high-altitude balloons flown from Antarctica, the high-plateaus of Chile, and large-scale facilities in North America. Mark is currently a co-Principal Investigator of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile, and PI of both the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) with flights from Sweden and Antarctica, and the Multiplexed SQUID TES Array at Ninety GHz (MUSTANG) operating on the Green Bank Telescope, in West Virginia.
Christine Pfister: Christine Pfister studied at Christie’s Education at Christie’s in New York and since 1995 she has been the Co-Owner and Director of Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Christine Pfister has given lectures, participated on panels and juried many exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Lectures/panels/exhibitions include the University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Arts, the American Association of Museums, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, CFEVA, Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; Kunstlerhaus S11, Solothurn, Switzerland, and more. Christine Pfister is the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Philadelphia. She serves on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, the Maurice Rohrbach Fund, and more.
Jackie Tileston: Jackie Tileston received a BFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT and a MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Tileston has had exhibitions at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO; Metropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, IL; Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, and more. Her work is in collections including: JP Morgan Chase; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; Dallas Museum of Art and West Virginia University Art Museum. Tileston is the recipient of the Core Fellowship Residency (1988-90), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2004), the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency (2005), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2011). Jackie Tileston is represented by Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.
Benjamin L. Schmitt: Benjamin L. Schmitt is a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on experimental cosmology research with the group of Prof. Mark Devlin. Benjamin is primarily concentrated on the development of novel millimeter-wavelength imaging technologies framed through the design and integration of ACTPol, a polarization-sensitive receiver upgrade for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. Benjamin’s research connected to ACTPol has also been supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant, and he has previously served as a U.S. Fulbright Research Fellow to the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. Benjamin has recently been awarded the IEEE Department of State Fellowship, and he will serve as a foreign policy advisor for science and technology issues with the agency beginning in Fall 2015.
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PLEASE JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION & TOUR
The ARTacama Project: A Critical Partnership between Science, Technology, Education & the Fine Arts
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 PM
CHARLES ADDAMS FINE ARTS GALLERY
200 S. 36th Street
The ARTacama Project is a partnership between the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT), led by a team including Prof. Mark Devlin and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow Benjamin Schmitt, (University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and Astronomy), Artist and Professor Jackie Tileston, (PennDesign Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania), and Christine Pfister, Director, (Pentimenti Gallery).
PANEL DISCUSSION & TOUR
Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery – Gallery opens
Welcome Address by Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia
Panel Discussion & Q&A:
Mark Devlin, Prof. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania
Christine Pfister, Director, Pentimenti Gallery
Jackie Tileston, Artist & Assoc. Prof. of PennDesign Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin L. Schmitt, NASA Space Technology Research Fellow & Ph.D. Candidate in Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
Reception & Refreshment
Tour of Penn Experimental Cosmology High Bay Facility (David Rittenhouse Laboratory at 209 South 33rd Street)
RSVP by Monday, May 11, 2015 at email@example.com
This project would not have been possible without the support of: Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, NASA, National Science Foundation, PennDesign Fine Arts, Penn Department of Physics & Astronomy and Pentimenti Gallery.