Muographers GA 2018 Public Lectures: James Beacham and Michael Hoch

As part of the Muographers General Assembly 2018, James Beacham and Michael Hoch will be giving a public lecture.

MUOGRAPHERS GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018 EVENT: “James Beacham and Michael Hoch Public Lecture”

TIME: 6pm to 8pm on November 30, 2018 (two 45 minute lectures with two Q and A sessions)

VENUE: Italian Institute of Culture, Tokyo /  2 Chome-2-1-30 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074  /  03-3262-4500  /

COST: Free


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James Beacham’s latest TED Talk has been viewed by over 1.5 million people

James Beacham:

“Decrypting the Universe With Muography and CERN Based Experiments”

Every second of every day, a particle called a muon zooms through your head as a result of cosmic rays smashing into atoms in Earth’s upper atmosphere. In the same amount of time, about a billion particles of a mysterious stuff called dark matter swarm through your body. You’ve never felt this stuff, so how do we know it’s there? What is the universe trying to tell us with these invisible messengers? Join Dr. James Beacham, particle physicist at CERN, as he explores how physicists extract complex patterns from the universe, from using powerful new advancements in muography to see inside volcanos and pyramids — among many other applications — to using the biggest science experiment in history, the Large Hadron Collider, to see what the universe was like just after the moment of the Big Bang, fourteen billion years ago, to explain the current mysteries of dark matter, quantum black holes, and the Higgs boson. How do we decode nature’s messages? How can we “see” what cannot be seen?


Dr. James Beacham has a wealth of experience in sci/tech/art events around the world, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Royal Institution, SXSW, and the BBC. His talk, “How we explore unanswered questions in physics”, was featured on and has been viewed over 1.5 million times. He contributes to podcasts, radio shows, and documentaries, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, and Gizmodo, among others.




Michael Hoch in front of artwork from his “Natural Science” photo collage series

Michael Hoch:

“Artists and Physicists Unite Worldwide Inspiring the Creativity of the Next Generation with the ORIGIN Network”

“When I started to exhibit my work, I noticed that art can help make complex scientific issues understandable. And that inspires curiosity about the big questions of mankind—even in societal circles that are not especially scientific.  Artistically, I can only show my personal viewpoint. I reconciled this with my scientific side by inviting other artists to take part in the CMS Experiment. That’s how art@CMS came about,”photographer and CERN particle physicist Dr. Michael Hoch said in an interview with Whitewall Magazine. He has now expanded the concept of art@cms to the ORIGIN Network, (a collaboration including CERN based experiments: CMS, ATLAS, ALICE, LIGO/VIRGO, and the Muographers).  In this talk, he will discuss how art@cms and Art Muographers, soon to be joined by other art/science partnerships in the ORIGIN Network, enable professional artists, high school artists and college student artists opportunities to interact with and become inspired by particle physicists.

A recent event organized and curated by Michael Hoch with the ORIGIN Network, a science & art exhibition @ Tbilisi State University – Georgia 2018


Dr. Michael Hoch is an Austrian born scientist, artist, photographer and founder of art@cms and the ORIGIN Network. He has directed or cooperated several solo and group exhibitions and museum exhibits worldwide including: the Natural History Museum (Vienna), Deutsches Museum (Bonn), Ontario Sciene Centre (Toronto), and more recently in the Tama Art University Museum (Tokyo) to participate in the exhibition ‘Answer From the Universe: Vision Towards the Horizons of Science and Art Through Muography’. He won 2017 European Physical Society’s outreach prize for initiatives highlighting the conceptual and physical beatuy of high-energy physics, and the inspirational qualities that are common to both art and science.