SIGNAL – The Dragon’s Egg

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in News | No Comments


curated by Alessandro Azzoni

opening 8-03-2018, 7 P.M.

Every day until 10-04-2018 h. 24

Edicola Radetzky, viale Gorizia (Darsena), Milano


On the occasion of Signal (The Dragon’s Egg) by Luca Pozzi, Edicola Radetzky is transformed into a sort of cleanroom, an experimental environment in which time flows differently and extremely small objects assume monumental proportions. A distorted tennis ball coming from space at ultra-high-speed is materialized inside the Edicola, blocked a moment before its impact. The bronze sculpture is part of the series The Dragon’s Eggs, which Luca Pozzi describes as “the result of a collaboration with the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), which has equipped them with real muonic scintillators able to detect the passage in the sculpture of otherwise invisible subatomic particles, signaling them with a led light. They are archaic elements, but allude to maximum dematerialization, to quantum entanglement, to the discretion of neutrinos. For me they are “WIMP”, literally “good for nothing”, but in scientific jargon, they represent the acronym of Weakly Interacting Massive Particle. I like to imagine them as dragon eggs 13,820 billion years old.” The Dragon’s Egg is a communicator in which complex systems collide, that makes the invisible visible, speaking of gravitational waves, dark matter and multi-messenger cosmology. It puts us indirect connection through the simplest of signals (a flash of light) with a particle drifting, witness of some gargantuan cosmic event that may have happened thousands of light years away from us.