Nadia Hotait (Madrid, 1982) holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). After continuing her studies at the University of Waseda (Tokyo), she earned a Fine Arts master’s degree in film, video and new technologies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown her work at the Museo Nacional Numismático (Mexico City), the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the Zolla Lieberman Gallery (Chicago) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid).
For this project, Hotait will travel to Frascati, seat of Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics, to whose forest, then called Tusculum, Cicero exiled himself after Julius Caesar came to power. The author will connect this moment in the life of the Roman lawyer and philosopher –already with a presentiment of his close death – with the scientific community’s search for the key to existence in the study of the Higgs boson. The two narratives will converse in the video installation with references to the current historical context, post-truth, and an inquiry into the essence of Europe. This collaboration between actors and scientists will also have a film version for screening at festivals.