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Digital Arts Residency

CERN's experiment colliding the minds of scientists with the imagination of artists opened in 2011 with the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN prize in Digital Arts. This was the first prize to be announced as part of the new Collide@CERN 3-year artists residency programme initiated by the laboratory.

This international competition to win a funded residency at CERN and Ars Electronica, Futurelab, marked the 3-year science/arts cultural partnership and creative collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica – which originated with CERN's cooperation with Origin, the annual Ars Electronica Festival in September 2011. 

The first winner from a competiton that attracted 395 entries from over 40 countries around the world in 2011 was the German visual artist Julius von Bismarck. The jury also awarded three honorary mentions. Read more...and follow the blog

In November 2012, following the second Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN open call, the award was given to the American sound sculptor Bill Fontana. Read press release. The jury also awarded an honorary mention to the mexican artist Ale de la Puente. Bill Fontana will be in residence at CERN starting in July 2013.

On July 4th, 2013, Bill Fontana and his science inspiration partner, CERN cosmologist Subodh Patil, presented their work in art and science at the CERN Globe of Science and Innovation. This Conference included an opening address by Profesor Rolf Heuer, CERN Director-General; Ariane Koek, Creator of the Collide@CERN programme and Horst Hoertner, Director of Futurelab, Ars Electronica, Linz.

Finally, the latest Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN artists is the world renowned, Japanese, data artist Ryoji Ikeda (press release). His residency started in the summer of 2014, and continues in February 2015. Learn more about the artist here.

Image: Nicolas Ferrando, Lois Lammerhuber

Collide@CERN is grateful for the generous support it has had from Ars Electronica, cultural partner, and funders.

  • Ars Electronica – 10,000 Euros prize money
  • The creative process residencies are funded by two private donors.
  • UNIQA Assurance SA (Switzerland) is the exclusive sponsor of all artists' insurance in the Collide@CERN programme.

Coordinators: Matthew Gardiner (2011-2013) & Johanna Mathauer (2013-)

Without you all this would not have happened. Thank you.