Exploration into the Unknowns

Julius von Bismarck and Tamara Vázquez Schröder in conversation

Thurs 17.11.2022

  • LAC Hall

  • Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano

Since 2017 MASI Lugano and the IBSA Foundation for scientific research have been organising a series of conversations entitled "La Scienza a Regola d’Arte" with the aim of creating a dialogue between art and science.

What are the unknowns, the mysteries of nature and reality that remain unexplained? What are the particles still hidden in nature, waiting to be discovered and understood? Can the perspectives of art and science shed light on the unknown? Julius von Bismarck, multidisciplinary artist, Dr Tamara Vázquez Schröder, CERN Research Physicist, in conversation with Mónica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN, will discuss the themes they explore in their respective fields of research.


Participation is free and the event will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Italian.

Booking allows you to reserve a seat, but it is not obligatory in order to attend the event.

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After the event you are invited to a drink reception.


Julius von Bismarck’s multidisciplinary practice explores contemporary dialectics of nature and civilisation, knowledge and cultural imagination, individuals’ behaviour and social norms. His visual vocabulary widely transposes encounters with elemental forces that exceed human perception and reason. Employing a diverse range of mediums including photography, film, installation, sculpture, performance, and landscape, each of his works is shaped by research-driven experimentations with crossovers in the fields of physics, technology, and social sciences.

Tamara Vázquez Schröder is an experimental particle physicist working with the ATLAS experiment. She joined the ATLAS Collaboration in 2010 as a PhD student with the University of Goettingen, and worked as a post-doc with McGill University until 2018 and as a CERN Research Fellow until mid 2020. Since August 2020, she is a CERN Junior Research Staff member working on measurements and searches of physics processes involving top quarks, Higgs boson and new particles. She is also working on developments of the ATLAS Trigger system. She has been involved with various Arts at CERN projects and events, promoting a conversation between art and science.

Mónica Bello (b. 1973) is a Spanish curator and art historian. In her curatorial practice, she has focused on the crossovers between disciplines. Since 2015 she is the Curator and Head of Arts at CERN at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva. At CERN she leads and designs the art programs: the artistic residencies, the art commissions, and the exhibitions. She is the curator of the Icelandic Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in support of artist Sigurður Guðjónsson.