(art)n Artists: 

Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp, and Diana Torres

Collaborative Artists: 

Jennifer Raaf, Sam Zeller, Thomas Junk and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Special Thanks Georgia Schwender, Kurt Riesselmann, and Anne Mary Teichert


Virtual Photograph


Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas


Neutrinos in a New Light: Selected Works of Art & Science, Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL, December 2, 2016-March 17, 2017: Exhibition Catalogue




Nuclear reactors are one of the most abundant sources of antineutrinos on earth and thus they’re an excellent way of monitoring countries’ nuclear pro- grams. The International Atomic Energy Agency was established in the 1970s to be a watchdog to countries all around the world using nuclear energy. When a nuclear reactor contains uranium, more antineutrinos are emitted, however when a nuclear reactor contains more plutonium (which can be weaponized), fewer antineutrinos are emitted.

Scientists, governments, and members of the IAEA hope that at some point in the near future, governments will allow other countries to use antineutrino detectors near their nuclear reactors to prove that they are using these reactors for safe uranium nuclear power and not weaponized plutonium.

(art)n takes more of a metaphorical approach to this idea with a PHSCologram of the world created by two hands (partnering nations) with many antineutrinos being released ensuring safe use of uranium nuclear
power is taking place and not weaponized plutonium.