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CERN’s first artistic residency reaches a conclusion

Geneva, 19 September 2012. Winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN1 award and CERN2’s  first artist in residence, Julius von Bismarck3, will present his work Versuch unter Kreisen’, at the closing lecture of his residency at CERN on 25 September. This follows von Bismarck’s two-month stay at CERN earlier in the year, where he paired up with physicist James Wells, followed by a month at Ars Electronica4 to conclude his residency.

“I am very excited to hear about the impact of Julius’s residency at CERN, and much looking forward hearing how the time spent with us has influenced his art,” said CERN Director-General, Rolf Heuer. “His presentation will shed light on the creative process that happens when science and art collide.”

The lecture will be held at CERN’s landmark venue, The Globe of Science and Innovation, and be opened by Heuer along with Horst Hoertner, Director of Futurelab at Ars Electronica. The event begins at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm and attendance is strictly by RSVP.

“The lecture marks the end of the residency, but by no means marks the end of Julius’s involvement with CERN,” said CERN’s Cultural Specialist, Ariane Koek. “He will join the fellowship of artists who win the residency, and will always be welcome here. It is certain that the many ideas that were seeded during his time at CERN will be seen and become art works for many years to come.”

In the meantime, the open call for artists working in the digital domain to apply for the second Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN has been extended until 3 October 2012. The winner will receive a fully funded residency at CERN and Ars Electronica to create new dimensions in their artistic practice by encounters with the world of science. This is the second year of the collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica. Online submissions should be made at http://collide.aec.at/.


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Further information:


For RSVPs to the presentation on September 25th, please contact Merce.Monje.Cano@cern.ch

Additional information:

Collide@CERN is an important strand of CERN’s policy for engagement with the arts, Great Arts for Great Science. It is an international competition that will run for a period of three years. Each year, artists working in different art forms will have the opportunity to take up a funded residency of up to three months. The programme is made possible thanks to generous funding, to date from: Ars Electronica for the Digital Arts Prize (prize money); private individual donors (for the creative process grant/residency); the City and the Canton of Geneva for dance and performance (respectively for the prize money and creative process grant/residency). UNIQA Assurances SA Switzerland is the exclusive sponsor of all artists’ insurances for the Collide@CERN programme.

1. The Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN is the digital arts strand of the three year Collide@CERN programme initiated by CERN in 2011. It is a cultural partnership between CERN and Ars Electronica. The residency is at CERN for two months and Ars Electronica for one month. The work emerging from the residency will be showcased at the Ars Electronica Festival 2013. Ars Electronica, Futurelab provides 10,000 Euros Prize money. The residency is fully funded thanks to two private donors.
2. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a candidate for accession. Israel and Serbia are associate members in the pre-stage to membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have observer status.
3. Julius Von Bismarck currently lives and works in Berlin. In 2008, he won the Golden Nica of the Prix Ars Electronica for his work ‘Image Fulgarator’. Recent works include Von der Decke zum Boden in Berlin (a metal sphere, falling from the ceiling to the ground) which played with ideas of gravity and movement; Public Face 2 - the Fühlometer) an eight-metre-high smiley made out of steel and neon tubes, installed on a lighthouse, showing the present emotions of the citizens of Lindau; and Self revolving Torus – a kinetic sculpture of the universe. His most recent work, “Some Pigeons Are Born More Equal Than Others” was showcased at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. For more examples of his work see: http://www.juliusvonbismarck.com/.
4. Incorporated in 1995, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH is in charge of planning and producing the Ars Electronica Festival and the Prix Ars Electronica, and responsible for the operation of the Ars Electronica Center and the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Funding is provided by the city of City of Linz, the Province of Upper Austria and the Republic of Austria.