Fascinated by an elementary ‘ghost’ particle, artist Jan van den Berg travels to the prestigious Super–Kamiokande physics experiment at a depth of 1000 meters in Mozumi-yama in Japan. In the village on the mountain a variety of international scientists live and work together with the native inhabitants and their spiritual leaders. What starts as a personal journey of discovery for physics knowledge transforms into a universal, existential quest.
The elementary ‘ghost particle’ neutrino confronts us with the unknown in nature and in ourselves.
Neutrino is a mental road movie about the quest that live performing artist Jan van den Berg undertakes in and around the Japanese mountain village of Mozumi (Hida, Gifu Prefecture). In this former mining community, indigenous villagers live together with a varied international group of physicists, executing research into the so-called neutrino; an elementary ‘ghost’ particle that is known for being extremely invisible and elusive. That is why the neutrino is considered a symbol for ‘the unknown and the indefinable’ in nature and within ourselves.
Screenplay and direction Hannie van den Bergh and Jan van den Berg
In the summer of 2018, the management of Super-K granted the film crew exclusive permission to film in the heart of the detector. A possibility that only occurs once every eight years when the tank is opened for cleaning and refurbishment works. The filmdirectors owe this privilege, among other things, to the fact that they’ve established and maintained a special relationship with Professor Suzuki-san and the Super-K organization since 2004.