Mirror Matter by Emilija Škarnulytė
Being a Mediator is unlike any other job I’ve had. Each conversation you have in the Gallery with visitors is unique and you really get talk to and meet some interesting people. During my brief time here, I have met people who worked at CERN several years ago and people just curious about science - this is one of the many reasons why I enjoy the role.
Additionally, despite having studied physics for the past three years I haven’t really had the opportunity to communicate about the fascinating problems which are faced by physicists – like dark matter – to people outside of a physics background. Being a Mediator has given me the opportunity to talk to people about a subject that I’m passionate about.
At first, I thought communicating about a rather abstract theory such as dark matter would be difficult, however the curiosity of visitors has been surprising. This has led to interesting questions being asked - one being would it be possible to create a miniature version of our universe in a box? This was in reference to the amazing piece Through the AEgIS by Semiconductor, an animation created from images of the collisions between matter and antimatter.