A covariance matrix contains the correlations between different random variables. Covariance is, therefore, a well-suited title for the outcome of an art/science collaboration between artist Lyndall Phelps and particle physicist Ben Still. The collaboration has lasted nine months, during which time Phelps and Still have found parallels in their respective research activities. Like the famed particle accelerator CERN, which has millions of carefully placed components, Covariance is an installation comprised of hundreds of uniquely and intricately patterned perspex discs. Covariance is promising to be a spectacular sight, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it presented this summer in a surprise London location.
Lyndall Phelps putting together the perspex discs: Image courtesy of the Superposition blog.