ICE Public Event: 30th January 2019


Film Screening plus Q&A with Director


‘Art, Poetry & Particle Physics’

Director Ken McMullen



The conversation and Q&A with Director, Ken McMullen can be viewed here: YouTube

‘How to justify the money for pure research? I ask this question to provoke you. It’s not my position, but it’s a question that it seems to me that lots of people would ask, and it would be interesting for you to answer it.’ John Berger

John Berger was a highly respected writer and critic. He consistently talked about the necessity of collaboration and sought to represent the downtrodden. He was also a winner of the Booker Prize and wrote one of the most influential books on art of our time, Ways of Seeing. In Ken McMullen’s engaging and accessible film, he travels to the world’s biggest particle physics laboratory at CERN in Geneva. The film charts an extraordinary and wide-ranging series of discussion and collaborations between Berger and the leading theoretical and experimental physicists John March-Russell and Michael Doser.

Whether discussing poetry, the development of the atom bomb, the value and necessity of research, or the ghostly theft of a glove at the grave of Jorge Luis Borges, Berger demonstrates why he was one of our foremost cultural figures as he brings an infectious and inspiring curiosity to each encounter to create a refreshingly accessible new perspective to our understanding of the value of science and culture today.


Date: Wednesday 30th January 2019

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: CE017, Creative Edge Lecture Theatre (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: This is a free, public event – to register your space, click here


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