CERN: Media


Art and science meet at new exhibit at Fermilab,by Linda Girardi. Published in the Chicago Tribune, February 5, 2015.

Science inspires art exhibit on display at Fermilab. Published in the Daily Herald, February 4, 2015.


When physics, art and sequestration collide in D.C. Posted By Federal Relations. Published in FIU News, November 22, 2013.


A Banner Day at the LHC, An artist honors the people and science of the CMS collaboration. By Kelly Izlar. Published in Symmetry Magazine, May 17, 2013.


Artist Turns Physicists into Particles at CMS. By Kelly Izlar. Published in CERN, April 16, 2013.

higgs-5_banners-cortada-300dWhat Happens When an Artist and a Physicist Meet? By Karen Cochrane. Published in FIU News, May 31, 2013.

XC at CERNIn Geneva, FIU artist Xavier Cortada and physicist Pete Markowitz delivered an Art-Science talk during the CERN CMS Week Conference, created a site-specific installation at the CMS experiment venue and engaged 300 scientists from around the world in a performance art piece that transforms them into the very subatomic particles they research.


The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is one of the four experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The Higgs boson was postulated to explain why particles have mass and therefore why gravity acts. In July 2012, two of the LHC experiments (CMS and ATLAS) announced the discovery of a new, Higgs-like particle.

Xavier Cortada is Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts and a professional artist in the Miami area. Pete Markowitz is a Professor of Physics and Fellow of the Honors College working on the CMS experiment.