Arts at CERN announces two residencies for Swiss artists: Collide Pro Helvetia and Simetría. The residencies give artists the opportunity to explore scientific ideas and technological concepts while engaging in innovative discourses to further their artistic expression.
Collide Pro Helvetia is a three-month long fully funded residency granted to a Switzerland-based artist working in digital art. Interested artists can submit their project and apply until 10 December 2018. A jury of experts from the arts and sciences will select the winner who will begin their residency in 2019. The artist will be working with particle physicists, engineers and IT professionals at CERN to extend their own artistic research.
Simetría, a new ambitious residential exchange programme, allows artists to carry out their artistic enquiry in relation to astronomy and particle physics at some of the world’s most important scientific research centres. The Chilean artist Nicole L’Huillier and the Swiss artist Alan Bogana have been selected from a list of nominations by a jury of art and science experts. They will be invited to carry out their residences in Switzerland at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, and in Chile at European Southern Observatory’s VLT (Very Large Telescope) and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array)observatory (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).
“The primary objective of Arts at CERN is to open extraordinary new ways for dialogue between artists and scientists. I am particularly proud to announce these two residencies, as they will both contribute greatly to the challenge of art and science at scientific research centres,” says Mónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN.
Created in partnership with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the goal of these initiatives is to establish networks with local, regional and international organisations to foster platforms intersecting science and arts. Simetría, launched with support from Pro Helvetia Coincidencia, the Swiss-South America exchange programme, and the Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage in Chile, is a joint cooperation between Arts at CERN, ALMA, ESO and the Corporación Chilena de Video.
Online applications for Collide Pro Helvetia