Jan Peters

Collide@CERN Geneva Award Winner, 2013

Jan Peters is a documentary filmmaker specializing in Super 8 from Berlin. Born in Hanover, he later studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HfbK) and co-founded Abbildungszentrum, the filmmakers' collective, in 1994. Peters is also a radio play author and video artist. He is particularly known for his playful and experimental use of accident and imperfection to emphasize the film as a medium as well as his exploration of the dynamic between narrator and audience.



"Sometimes there's a break in the sound, and sometimes the picture is framed wrong so that the important action takes place outside the field of vision. The camera(s) wobble, fall down and are picked up again; the lenses fog up and are wiped clean, and with predictable regularity the sudden end of the Super 8 reel interrupts Peters in the midst of a heated monologue." Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Peters often masterfully interweaves a documentary style with unexpected elements such as satire, monologue performances, and forays into fiction, yet his oeuvre is constantly growing more diverse in style and content.

Jan Peters Opening Lecture at CERN - October 2013

Jan Peters Final Lecture at CERN - February 2014



Video Blog One - October 2013

Collide@CERN Geneva artist, the filmmaker Jan Peters started his residency almost a month ago. He and his inspiration partner, ATLAS engineer Neal Hartman have had a great start in their collaboration. You may see their presentation lecture here

Every Collide@CERN artists residency includes interventions inside and outside the laboratory. For Jan's first intervention he chose to participate in the 48 Hour Film project with a team of CERN workers who volunteered to star in the film as well as write and shoot the script.

The challenge of The 48 hour film project is that teams are given specific details on a Friday night to make a film, that they have to turn in on the Sunday night.  Jan Peters, Neal Hartman and the CERN volunteers,  took part in this project and made it even a bigger challenge by filming it on 16mm film which took six hours to develop six roles of film and one night to dry up.

The film is shown during the 19th Edition of the Festival Tous Ecran in Geneva on Wednesday, November the 6th, during the presentation of the winners of the competition, although the CERN film is being shown out of competition. Stay tuned for the making-of video about how this fun and collaborative  48 hour film intervention in 16mm was made during Jan's Collide@CERN residency. 


Watch the Making-of the first of Jan Peters Collide@CERN Geneva intervention, the 48hours film project Geneva, and how much fun everyone has had.



Video Blog two

Jan passed his Radiation Safety course so we will be able to see him in action soon as Neal Hartman's apprentice on the ATLAS pixel detector which sees the invisible particles  we can't see with the naked eye.

Jan Peters has taken one of the oldest cameras to one of the newest, most accurate cameras in the world! He ran out with a massive  tripod and a super 8 camera to the ATLAS Pixel Detector, where he started his apprenticeship with his Inspiration Partner, Neal Hartman.

The Pixel Detector is part of the Atlas detector at CERN, which could be called a giant camera. It provides a very high precision set of measurements as close to particle collisions as possible. In order to have access Jan needed a dosimeter. Anyone entering controlled-radiation-areas at CERN must wear a CERN dosimeter, which they get after the security training. This is done to monitor the radiation one could be exposed to. The individual doses are recorded in a database and Host State authorities are informed according to the relevant regulations.



Video Blog Three - Jan Peters' residency at CERN - Jan as an apprenticed with the ATLAS Pixel Detector team.

Through the Collide@CERN programme and thanks to Neal Hartman, who works as an Engineer for the Atlas Pixel Detector and is Jan Peters' Inspiration Partner, Jan Peters got to be an apprenticed with the ATLAS Pixel Detector team at CERN, to film and help inserting the Detector into ATLAS. This was very thrilling and exciting for Jan, not only because of the chance of documenting the accuracy in which engineers at CERN work, but also making proof of a great model of team behaviour and showing how being solution driven is the best way to work.



It's time for another intervention

Collide@CERN Geneva artist, Jan Peters has been in pursuit of old footage in the archives and has finally found some interesting film about CERN dating from the 60s. Some of these 16mm and 35mm rolls of film had never been digitized yet and we didn't know what was on them, although one roll of film Jan had seen revealed a very old hand drawn animation. For this intervention at CERN, Jan Peters showed these films to the scientist at CERN in the hall of the main building, with the Telecine. In them, they could recognize certain people and places at CERN from many years back. 


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