SOME LIKE DARK at the Wellcome Collection On Light event 1 – 4 May 2015.
Wellcome Collection |183 Euston Road | London

SOME LIKE DARK will bring you beautiful, playful and mind-boggling ways in which to hear, see and think about light. Let your imagination loose on an in-the-dark journey with the work of theatre maker Jan van den Berg, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, physicist John Pendry, sound poet Jaap Blonk and many more.
Followed by Moonlight in a Box, an animation by Eleni Kalorkoti and a light demonstration by neuroscientists Anya Hurlbert and Brad Pearce.
SOME LIKE DARK is one of the PARS projects taking place during the International Year of Light 2015, curated by Astrid Alben and Hester Aardse from PARS.
This event is free, book tickets here

International Year of Light

On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).
This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.

In the Netherlands the kick-off of IYL 2015 was celebrated on Thursday 15 January with a colourful programme of lectures, performances and demonstrations in Science Center Nemo. I contributed with reading an excerpt from my ZOOM performance.


CERN-lab bijna op de Hoge Veluwe

© foto Hanne Nijhuis

© foto Hanne Nijhuis

Uit: de Volkskrant van 28 juni 2014 | CERN-lab bijna op Hoge Veluwe
Door: © Martijn van Calmthout

Het vermaarde Europese centrum voor deeltjesonderzoek CERN had bijna op de Hoge Veluwe in Nederland gelegen. Die opmerkelijke onthulling deed film- en theatermaker Jan van den Berg donderdag bij de viering in Amsterdam van het 60-jarig bestaan van het lab. Gedurende die periode is naar schatting 20 miljard euro geïnvesteerd in de ondergrondse reuzenversnellers op de grens van Zwitserland en Frankrijk, waar ruim 2.500 mensen werken. Lees verder

Jan en Dolf over NIETS

Vanmiddag was ik te gast bij het VARA radioprogramma Spijkers met Koppen en mocht ik ‘het‘ aan Dolf Jansen uitleggen. Ons gesprek ‘over NIETS’ is terug te luisteren via

En een foto van mijn interview met Frank Linde (directeur Nikhef) aansluitend aan de première voorstelling van gisteravond 22 november 2013 in een uitverkocht Theater Frascati, Amsterdam.

Interview met Frank Linde. Foto: Martijn van Calmthout

Interview met Frank Linde. Foto: Martijn van Calmthout

“A storytelling session of genius”

Particle-ary Good

Broadway Baby Rating: ****

In the beginning, there was Jan van den Berg. Or, to be more accurate, Jan van den Berg, a scene from the Wicker Man, Papua New Guinea style, some cigars and a man called Higgs. Confusing? Not half as confusing as particle physics, but when you have a Dutchman, a theologian, a documentary filmmaker and a lay physicist explaining it to you, somehow the mists clear. When these four become one and the same person, you have the optimum conditions for enlightenment. …

From this lecture theatre, van den Berg takes us on a journey from the Netherlands to Papua New Guinea, the Japanese Alps, Switzerland, Sicily and Edinburgh. On our way, he treats us to his understanding of all things atomic; atoms, electrons, bosons, quarks, dark matter and even some proton porn. He reveals to us, with words and video, the Large Hadron Collider and the experiment which took place there last year. The subatomic size of all the particles contrasting vividly with the sheer enormity of the depths and distances he describes. Lees verder