A kind of manifesto, discussed by two phycisist-artist women from different parts of the world, in the pub, on a rainy day in London
We want people to know that we physicists are looking for patterns. We understand nature weaves with the longest threads. We see an APPLE and know what binds it to the table keeps our earth CIRCLING THE SUN. We see SUNLIGHT haloing dust motes and know that it is the same as RADIO. We know that the SPEED OF LIGHT in a vacuum is a constant and from that and the invariance of the laws of physics deduce that SPACE AND TIME are one.
We are for wonder, the wonderful and the soulful.
We are women who arrive from America and drink warm beer in London and talk about physics in pubs, eating pie and chips.
We are women who cycle five miles there in the sun and five miles back in the rain knowing each journey is as good and beautiful.
We aspire to make generous art and resurrect the figure.
We reject nihilism.
We end relativism here and know that one of our greatest achievements is science which is primary as a way of understanding the world.
We end cool conceptualism, and strike a new beginning for immersion in materials, working from original impulse and the heart.
Paint your walls yellow.
Be amongst friends and cats. Be a cat. They are independent and not what they seem. Love old dogs in pubs, having dog days.
Enjoy the English rain ending a sunny day, seen through the open door.
We recognise our story and embrace the power of narrative.
We end dogma and scared conservatism. We revel in the beauty and genius of evolution our most likely cause.
Let the gay pride march go on; we will be the security.
Read Borges, Capote and Bukowski.
We experience and talk about reality in a myriad ways. We know it is rich and multi-faceted.
We are thankful for National Public Radio.
We want to animate the wave function, break down boundaries and create a new way of thinking.
Writing on the window is a metaphor for our experiencing the world through physics.
Sit at any table, don’t reserve it.
Learn your craft.
Make better pictures of the world, communicate it better.
Celebrate the single atom emitting light.
Bring together a new meeting of minds, people who understand the world through analysis and feeling.
The electron is nearly round.
‘Nature in the form of man begins to recognise itself’.
Listen to your parents, but follow your heart.
Being outnumbered and surrounded will make us stronger
Don’t be proud to be ignorant. Celebrate ‘what we can know although we are fallible’.
Wear bright lipstick and colourful clothes.
Wear red shoes.
Live in a big house with your friends.
Do art, do physics, wonder and love the world.
Ana Jofre is an artist and physicist at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA. Ana's web-site