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The root reason why I am an artist is the same as it would be for being a scientist: finding out what there is out in the world and how I can contribute to our understanding of it. I am interested in making science sense-able – through the body and its senses…

Julius von Bismarck

So says Julius von Bismarck, winner of the first Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Digital Arts prize and CERN’s first artist-in-residence under its new Cultural Policy for Engaging with the Arts, Great Arts for Great Science.

The 31-year-old German artist was in residence at CERN for two months in spring 2012, followed by a production residency to develop his ideas with the transdiscipinary Futurelab team, Ars Electronica, Linz.

Since Julius' residency in 2012, CERN has hosted several other world-class artists from around the globe through Collide@CERN, the laboratory’s artists residency scheme. Click here to learn more about the Collide@CERN programme and the artists who are actively collaborating and sharing ideas with CERN physicists.

Arts@CERN is involved in many collaborations and outstanding cultural partnerships. See our gallery for examples.

We believe that particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe. The two fields are natural creative partners for innovation in the 21st century.

Ariane Koek, International Arts@CERN and creator of Collide@CERN