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Art and science interactions - First Collide @CERN public lecture by Julius von Bismarck on 21 March 2012

Creative collisions between the arts and science have begun at CERN with the first Collide@CERN artist, Julius von Bismarck starting his digital arts residency at the world's largest particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. He was chosen from 395 entries from 40 countries around the world from the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN competition launched last September 2011.

To mark this special occasion, the first Collide@CERN public lecture open to everyone will take place on March 21st 2012 at CERN's Globe of Science and Innovation, with a drinks reception at 18.45 and with presentations starting at 19.30. The event is free and will be opened by the Director General of CERN, Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer and Gerfried Stocker, the Artistic Director of Ars Electronica, Linz, - CERN's international cultural partners for the digital arts Collide@CERN award known as Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN in recognition of our joint partnership.

Julius von Bismarck and his CERN science inspiration partner, the physics theorist and hidden worlds specialist Dr James Wells, will present their individual areas of work in art and science, and then share in discussion their thoughts with the audience about their forthcoming creative collisions and potential discoveries at CERN. The discussion will be chaired by Ariane Koek, the creator of the Collide@CERN programme and the cultural specialist at CERN. Please let us know if you and your friends are coming to this free event by emailing We look forward to welcoming you! Invitation is at the bottom of the page.

Julius von Bismarck is one of the most exciting artists of his generation, being awarded the first Collide@CERN residency by the jury for “his proposal and work which manipulates and criticises our notions of reality in unpredictable ways, often with inventive use of video, objects and public interventions”. His works are also characterised by his fascination with complex philosophical and scientific ideas as well as his profound interrogations about the purpose of the invention of technology. He is studying with the great Danish/Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson in Berlin.

To get a taste of Julius's work as an agent provocateur and creator, please go here.

CERN's first artist in residence, Julius von Bismarck, meeting the Director General of CERN, Professor Rolf Dieter Heuer. Photograph by Matthew Gardiner

18.45 Drinks reception
19.30 Opening address by Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, CERN Director-General, and Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica, Linz joining us by video link
19.40 Presentation by Julius von Bismarck (Germany) of his artistic work
20.00 Presentation by Dr James Wells (USA) of his scientific work
20.20 A discussion on the role of discovery in art and science moderated by Ariane Koek, Cultural Policy advisor at CERN. The audience will have opportunity to ask questions.

*Please note that the event will be in English, the common language between the artist and the scientist.

To make a reservation for you and your guests, please send an e-mail to:

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Submitted by Miriam Elisabet... on 29 Feb 2012