"Knowledge is limited... imagination embraces the entire world."
Collide@CERN Artists Residency Award is the flagship programme of Arts@CERN. By bringing world-class artists and scientists together in a free exchange of ideas, the Collide@CERN residency programme explores elements even more elusive than the Higgs boson: human ingenuity, creativity and imagination.
Since 2011 the Collide@CERN prize – an open call to artists working in different art forms to win a fully funded residency for up to 3 months at the laboratory – has been awarded annually in two strands. It began as a 3 year programme in 2011, with Collide@CERN Geneva funded by our cultural partners the City and Canton of Geneva, and with Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN, funded by private sponsors, with the prize money supported by our cultural partners Ars Electronica, Linz.
The programme gives artists the time and space to reflect, research and renew their artistic practice and career by encountering the multi-dimensional world of particle physics in carefully curated encounters. A key aspect of the programme is the 4 day induction which happens at least 3 months before the residencies start. At this crucial time, the artists' imaginations are seeded even before they begin the residency and they are matched with their CERN inspiration partner.
We are proud to announce that the 3 year Collide@CERN programme has proved so successful that it is continuing.
In 2014 we launched Collide@CERN Pro Helvetia a new collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, opening the doors to all Swiss artists. This open competition will alternate each year with Collide@CERN Geneva which is for artists born or working in Geneva.
The awards are made following open calls, and the jury comprises the cultural partners as well as representatives from Arts@CERN, including scientists.
- Digital Arts: Julius von Bismarck (2012)
- Digital Arts:Bill Fontana (2013)
- Digital Arts: Ryoji Ikeda (2014)