Merging art, science, technology and nature

Fluidic Data

Fluidic Data is a permanent installation being designed for the stairwell of the CERN Data Center. Fluidic Data will visualize real time and archived data from the Large Hadron Collider through its four experiments, ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb in a way that communicates to visitors the magnitude and flow of data coming in and out of the center, as well as the particle traces as they are discovered. The goal is for visitors to interact with the data flow through all their senses, in a way that is felt and experiential.

The data and particle discoveries are represented as fluids or light passing through hoses and pods shaped to resemble plant-like structures. Each floor level reflects the changes and applications of the data by varying the flow, frequency, color, and intensity of the fluids and lights.

At the top of the stairwell the hoses merge into flower like pods visualizing the rarer particles such as the Higgs-Boson, W an Z particles. The fluid segments representing the data bits flow up and down the levels, allowing us to reflect on the dynamic nature of data as it builds in complexity with visual and poetic metaphors from nature.