Ariane Koek and her Adventures with Entanglement
One of the jobs of a creative producer is to find ways to tie multiple strands of ideas and information into a cohesive whole. We are constantly seeking forms of thinking that pique curiosity and somehow speak to different parts of ourselves.
When I worked for the BBC making documentaries, I met one of the most skilful and thoughtful interpreters of identity, creativity and aesthetics I have come across – Ariane Koek. We both share a love of contemporary dance as a form of expression, one that challenges the body’s relationship with the force of gravity and invites alternative or more oblique narratives than classical forms of dance such as Ballet.
Over the years I have watched Ariane work with organisations as producer, CEO, strategist and curator to evolve the conversation around creativity, thought and expression in the digital age.
Ariane is best known for establishing the CERN artistic programme. CERN just outside Geneva is home to the Large Hadron Collider, the highest energy particle accelerator in existence, a 27km ring that sits 175 metres below the earth’s surface. Arts at CERN aims to establish and explore a dialogue between creatives and physicists via numerous channels – exhibitions and studies, music and new media. In Ariane’s words “I can’t think of anywhere more transformational and life changing than CERN and its scientists who investigate the world below the surface of appearances.”
Last year Ariane published Entangle: Physics and the Artistic Imagination, which explores Ariane’s curated work at Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden last year and featured 14 international artists -including Iris van Herpen, Julian Charriere, and the architect Sou Fujimoto. The book explores key themes within her cross-disciplinary work such as curiosity and investigation; creativity and expression.
In this article for CLOT with Daniel Mckenzie, Ariane describes her route to establishing Arts at CERNE, about the source of her creativity and how she works with organisations.
“It is the passion for new ideas, creativity and new ways of looking at the world which drive the work I do. I seek to do this in organisations and cultural institutions which have new knowledge and its transmission at the centre of their missions. Having worked in big public institutions as well as now independently, it means I know how to work inside big bureaucracies and cut through the tape, as well as how to work outside with and for them.”
“We are in a quick-fix culture in which people are scared of getting bored, getting lost or being out of your depth. Without getting bored and being prepared to go into areas you know nothing about, creativity also dies. This needs courage, energy, and commitment…For me, the essence of creativity is to go beyond the known – into the unknown and further still…and further still. To push, to dream, to risk, to fail, to be committed. You have to be fearless to do this and take risks. Many.”
Quantum entanglement is a label for the observed physical phenomenon that occurs when a pair or group of particles is generated, interact, or share spatial proximity in a way such that the quantum state of each particle of the pair or group cannot be described independently of the state of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance. The topic of quantum entanglement is at the heart of the disparity between classical and quantum physics.