COLLISION is an outreach project by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP). CoEPP physicists work on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.

COLLISION began in 2012, as a competition for visual/ comic book/ graphic/ filmic (YouTube/ Vimeo) representation of particle physics as seen by artists, students and scientists. Entries were exhibited online, and selected entries were exhibited in the Planetarium at Scienceworks and published in a zine, distributed by Express Media
Coincidentally, 2012 is the same year that particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) discovered the Higgs boson.

In 2015 the theme is

“the Large Hadron Collider has restarted… what will we find this time?”

Categories and Prizes
— High school and primary school student category
— Open category The winner of the High school and primary school student category will receive a $500 cash prize and $1,000 for their school’s science program Winner of the Open category will receive a $1,500 cash prize.

A selection of multimedia/ short film and print entries will be included in a visual art exhibition at RiAus; and selected entries will be published in CSIRO’s Double Helix magazine.

We’re entering New Physics, and we want YOU to tell us what it will look like… what new discoveries will be made and what could these discoveries lead to.

Some things to think about

The particle accelerator that was used to find the Higgs boson has just had a total upgrade and now has the capacity to operate at double the energy. What will it find?
What is dark matter and WHY is there so much of it?
A NEW linear collider is in planning – what will this discover?

The Collision competition and gallery is your opportunity to imagine…
Comic artists, visual artists, short film makers, animators and creatives of all types are encouraged to submit your artworks to the Collision website.


You can submit:
— Artwork: (.jpeg), (.png), (.tif) (.pdf)
— Multimedia: (.mov), (.mp4)

What are the rules?
— The work has to be about particle physics.
— You must follow the submission guidelines.

But I don’t know enough about particle physics!

Particle physics looks at small things, really really small things. These things are so infinitesimally small, we think that they’re the smallest things in the universe.

Particle physicists are interested in questions like:

— What is dark matter and dark energy?
— What gives fundamental particles mass?
— Where does gravity fit into all of this?

Find out more! Watch this:

Still confused? Ask a physicist!