South Korean artist wins two month COLLIDE residency at CERN

Yunchal Kim has won the chance to spend two months at CERN as part of the COLLIDE International Award (Image: Yunchul Kim)

Art and science will collide for two months when South Korean artist, Yunchul Kim takes up his residency this summer.

Kim was announced this week as the winner of the 5thCOLLIDE International Award, which is a collaboration between CERN and an international cultural partner – this year, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

Yunchul Kim is a South Korean artist whose work focuses on research towards new materiality, the artistic potential of fluid dynamics and metamaterials. During his residency at CERN, he will develop his project proposal Cascade, which looks at the possibility of controlling the propagation of light through colloidal suspensions of photonic crystals.

“Yunchul Kim is fascinated with the phenomena and nature of dynamic materials through an arts practice above and beyond scientific research. The sculptural nature of Yunchul Kim’s work creates uncanny experiences, which at times seem beyond belief, and challenge our understanding of the world as both analytic and embodied. Yunchul Kim has an outstanding ability to explore the gap between the experiential and conceptual, and we are thrilled to see how he will embed these ideas in his residency at CERN and FACT,” stated the jury.

In the following months, Yunchul Kim will join the community of around 14,000 scientists at the world’s leading particle physics laboratory. This experience will immerse the artist in a journey of fundamental research, allowing him to use these ideas as springboards to his imagination, taking his artistic work further.

“Art and science are extraordinary ways of exploring knowledge, and Arts@CERN exists to encourage a dialogue and exchange. I am thrilled to announce this year’s COLLIDE result and to welcome Yunchul Kim. His proposal will certainly open up new ways of working alongside CERN scientists,” affirms Monica Bello, Head of Arts@CERN.

Arts@CERN and FACT opened the call for entries in March 2016, giving the opportunity to artists from around the world to apply for a two-month fully funded residency at CERN, Geneva, and one month at the UK’s leading media arts centre, FACT, in Liverpool, as well as a prize of CHF 15,000. This year over 904 entries were received from a record 71 countries.

"We very much look forward to Yunchul Kim joining us at FACT, and especially for him to develop his practice in our experimental making space FACTLab, which encourages and nurtures all creative artistic and scientific ventures. It’s FACT’s mission to bring people, art and technology together, and the partnership with CERN is the perfect example of what incredible opportunities can arise when we work across both geographical and disciplinary borders," says Prof. Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT.

The Mexican conceptual artist, Julieta Aranda, received an Honorary Mention acknowledging her unusual ability to create situations and site-specific projects that reveal meaningful social interaction in the techno-scientific culture. The British artist, James Bridle, currently based in Athens, received an Honorary Mention for his innovative proposal on modern networks and the emergence of uncertainty.