Geneva. Arts at CERN announces two open calls for art residencies – Collide Geneva/Dance and Accelerate Finland – and the arrival of the winners of Collide International, Rosa Menkman, and Collide Pro Helvetia, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller. The art residency programmes are based on the particle physics laboratory’s cultural strategy, which aims to foster networks between local and international organisations through platforms that engage art and science.
“Arts at CERN plays an important role in augmenting the interest seen in the interaction of the arts and sciences in recent years. By inviting artists and scientists to have a dialogue in the Laboratory, the programme shows how the two fields impact one another. I am proud to announce new opportunities for participation, and to welcome artists-in-residence this autumn,” says Mónica Bello, head of Arts at CERN.
For the sixth Collide Geneva residency, Arts at CERN, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva have joined forces. The three-month fully funded residency award will be granted to a Geneva-based artist or artist collective working in the field of dance. The winner will have the opportunity to carry out their research at CERN and work together with particle physicists, engineers and IT professionals. Collide Geneva/Dance encourages applications from dance artists inspired by scientific ideas or technological concepts, with innovative approaches in their artistic expression.
The second call is for Accelerate Finland, a one-month residency programme for Finnish artists. Launched in collaboration with Capsula, an international curatorial programme based in Finland that supports dialogue between art and science in the region, Accelerate Finland intends to promote artistic explorations of topics in particle physics. The Finnish artist selected from all the received proposals will be invited to visit CERN and explore possible new scenarios for enquiry in the arts and sciences.
Arts at CERN welcomed the winner of the 2019 Collide International award, Rosa Menkman, on 23 September. She has been exploring ideas related to the concept of resolution together with scientists and engineers since the start of her two-month residency at the Laboratory. For the second part of her residency award, Menkman will be hosted for one month at Fabra i Coats Art Factory in Barcelona, where she plans to produce new artwork. Collide International is organised in collaboration with the Institute of Culture in Barcelona and the Barcelona City Council.
On 7 October, Arts at CERN will also welcome the winners of the Collide Pro Helvetia residency award, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller. The award, set up in collaboration with Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, will see the creative duo hosted at CERN for three months. Hemauer and Keller’s proposal, The Cloud-Cooperation, was selected by a jury of experts from the fields of both art and science. The duo will examine the relationship between humans and nature in the age of climate change.