Mare Hirsch // Precession

Precession is a data-driven installation that explores the intangible scales of time and space inherent to the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab. 24 pairs of light structures and sounds correspond to the 24 sensors (calorimeters) used in the experiment to measure the precession of muons moving around a 50-foot diameter electromagnetic ring. Data provided by Muon g-2 scientists control the sequencing of these paired lights and sounds, revealing a kind of rhythm to the flow of the experiment. Precession reimagines the infinitesimally small scales of Muon g-2 through the creation of a machine that translates data into the realm of human perception–where a minute of Muon g-2 time becomes 4 days in the installation.

Precession control software