How well do we know the world around us?
Neutrinos are the most abundant and primordial particles in the universe, yet still an enigma to a large extend. They penetrate through matter without interacting with it, they are almost weightless, yet they tip the scales between matter and anti-matter towards the material existence of our world.
The DUNE experiment, due to be performed in 2026, is trying to characterise in more detail these elusive particles and answer fundamental questions regarding the origin and the nature of our Universe.
Similarly, there are small disparate communities around the globe that do not interact with the "known" world around them, yet shape social and political outcomes in an unpredicted and sometimes peculiar manner. Triggered by the questions posed by the DUNE experiment and using them as a starting reference to extrapolate the same precept on an anthropogeographical level, the project will be documenting under-represented communities that live on the surface of the DUNE beam line, drawing analogies between the macrocosmos of society and the microcosmos of particle physics. "Neutrinos" will be raising questions about our social fabric and its diversity hidden in more remote areas of society, in order to familiarise the viewer and commence a dialogue with these communities. "Neutrinos" however is not only about de-demonising the unknown social and scientific niches but will pose a juxtaposition, reveal commonalities and show how closely interwoven science and society are, inviting the viewer to look further than the visible to reveal an unobstructed, objective identity of our social surroundings.
The same time that the DUNE will be characterising neutrinos by means of light traces in its detectors, the project will be characterising the communities and the space where they live by means of a photographical image.
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