Ghost Particles (2016)

The Global Science Opera’s 2016 production was “Ghost Particles”. The opera was performed around the world and streamed online by TV Haugaland on November 19th, 2016.

Inspired by particle physics, the opera is about the science and discoveries of Higgs Boson, Neutrinos, and Photons. The scientific concept was provided by Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou (EA, Greece). It is a cooperation with the European Commission’s Horizons 2020 Project CREATIONS. It will also provide a research focus for the Norwegian Research Council’s project “iSCOPE“.

The opera’s official poster was inspired by artwork of Dr. Michael Hoch from the art@CMS education and outreach programme of the CMS experiment at CERN. The opera included a virtual visit to CMS, during which viewers could hear Rebecca Gonzalez Suarez, supported by colleagues Zoltan Zsillasi, Angelos Alexopoulos, Noemi Beni.

See “Ghost Particles” official trailer

See “Ghost Particles” Complete opera performance

The “Ghost Particles” story continues the saga of Joao and his friends, Firefly and Little Girl. In the “Ghost Particles” synopsis, Joao receives a book from his father, and reads about various cultures’ and ages’ concept of matter. He is excited about the story of Wolfgang Pauli, who imagined a particle, leading to an exploration spanning over decades. Joao wants to imagine his own particle, but is rejected, and told that it would take many years, perhaps centuries, before that would be possible. Desperate to realize his dream, he invites his friends from around the globe to help him. Together, they study the Ghost Particles (photons, neutrinos, and Higgs Boson), and finally, they imagine a particle of their own. They seek the help of the CMS experiment in order to describe it, and then send a message to the world, inspired by Pauli’s famous radioactive speech: “Dear Creative Ladies and Gentlemen….”

One of the “Ghost Particles” scenes will be developed by Global Science Opera Real Time (GSOrt). GSOrt is a community of European remote and rural schools working together to create a distributed online-performance event based mainly on the scientific-Research of the particle accelerator at CERN. This network will work With advanced-interaction technologies that promote Art, Performance and Science as a common ground for creative practices. This initiative’s alpha-contact is Petros Stergiopoulos (EA, Greece / plagiavlitis@yahoo.gr).