La quadrature du cercle (Quadrature of the Circle)

Quadrature du Cercle, a work by Attila Csorgo  is exhibited on the 5th floor of the Condorcet building.
As part of the New Patrons initiative, the Astroparticle and Cosmology Laboratory commissioned the Hungarian artist Attila Csörgő to commemorate the 100th anniversary of cosmic rays.

Mediation and production                            

Jérôme Poggi et Objet de production                                                                                                                                          


Fondation de France, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, Hungarian Institute, Documenta de Kassel, Gregor Podnar Gallery, Astroparticle and Cosmology Laboratory, Palais de Tokyo, Objet de production (Paris).

The command
The field of astroparticles is at the interface between the study of the infinitely big and the infinitely small, between particle physics and astrophysics. Created in 2005, the Astroparticles and Cosmology Laboratory (APC) of the University of Paris VII was designed to bring together the different communities (experimenters, observers and theorists) involved in this field. The laboratory is particularly attentive to its mission of knowledge dissemination: to make known the scientific fields tackled, the outstanding results, but also the technical achievements and more generally the way the laboratory lives on a day-to-day basis.
In 2012 was celebrated the centenary of the first measurement of the cosmic rays by the Austrian physicist Victor Franz Hess. Several scientists linked to the CNRS Institute for Nuclear Research and to the APC wanted to seize this opportunity to commission a work from an artist who embodies the issues not only scientific but philosophical, conceptual and even spiritual related to the discovery and the study of astroparticles.
Faced with a complex subject, the sponsors used the work of art, not for its illustrative dimension, but for its ability to abstract only to account for the complexity of a situation. The order was entrusted to the Hungarian artist ATTILA CSÖRGŐ who exhibits the prototype at the KASSEL DOCUMENTA 13 in the summer of 2012.
The artist
Attila Csörgő was born in Hungary in 1965, and lives and works in Warsaw.
The complexity of the world and the structures of the cosmos are of particular interest to this artist whose work takes us into a universe combining art and scientific experience. Passionate about perspective, treatises on geometry and applied mathematics, he conceived installations that were visibly very simple and poetic and yet of great conceptual or technical complexity.
The work  
Squaring the Circle is an allegorical as well as scientific device that transforms the shadow of a disc into a square by a play of mirror. Solving the famous mathematical problem of the "quadrature of the circle", Attila Csörgő, at the same time, depicts a symbolic representation of the cosmos, minimalist, conceptual and poetic.
Study day at the Palais de Tokyo
With George Smoot (Nobel Prize for Physics), Bruno Latour, Attila Csörgő, Christine Macel, Rona Kopeczky, Stavros Katsanevas, Pierre Binetruy and Jérôme Poggi.
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