Open Call for Arts/Sciences Residency at CERN
COLLIDE International Award
Open Call for Entries
Deadline 10 March 2017
Established in 2011, Arts at CERN, the official arts programme of the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, engages with art at the cutting edge of scientific research. In the second year of a successful collaboration with FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool – we are proud to announce the sixth edition of COLLIDE International Award.
Arts at CERN and FACT joined efforts in 2016 in order to influence an international and flourishing scene of art and science. Furthermore, the collaboration was established to provide excellent opportunities to explore crossovers and dialogs between artists and scientists at CERN.
COLLIDE International Award welcomes proposals from artists from any country who are inspired by the ground-breaking research environment at CERN. From all the applications received one artist will be selected to receive a prize of CHF 15,000 and a two-month residency at the lab during 2017. Moreover, the prize comprises a following one-month residency at FACT, the UK’s leading media arts centre, to further develop the awarded proposal and to move into a funded production.
COLLIDE is a unique opportunity for artists to spend dedicated time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, where crucial questions about nature are addressed. Ultimately, COLLIDE proposes to transform the way art and science encounters are understood, to encourage a deep and critical understanding of art and science collaborations, and to challenge new modes of dialogue and enquiry across disciplines.
As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN is an eminent centre of science and technology with great relevance in the culture of today. As an international centre of excellence in these fields, CERN is an inspirational place for artists and creators of any kind to explore and extend their research in the compelling scientific field of particle physics.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre based in Liverpool, bringing people, art and technology together. FACT harnesses the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives through a wide ranging programme of exhibitions, research and innovation, and community-led projects. FACTLab is FACT’s experimental laboratory, a collaborative environment for interdisciplinary practice-based research and production operating at the crossroads between art, science and technology.
Criteria of the call
The competition is open to artists of any nationality or age. Their proposal should reflect upon encounters between art and science, and offer challenging methods of collaboration and enquiry between artists and scientists at CERN. The scope of this proposal should also consider a second developmental phase at FACT, where the artists will have the opportunity to expand their research and test its applications through FACTLab’s facilities and engagement with a wide range of communities. The ultimate goal for the residency will be the research and development of new concepts in laboratory contexts.
COLLIDE Open Call for Entries encourages the participation of artists interested in the ideas described above, complying with any of the following criteria:
- Artists interested in the cultural significance of fundamental research and scientific knowledge.
- Artists working with scientific ideas, technology and concepts as inspiration for their work.
- Artists engaging with an innovative discourse on contemporary culture, following ambitious standards of creativity.
- Artists demonstrating an active interest in the institutional visions, research methodologies, and cultural engagement of CERN and FACT.
- Artists pushing the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields, approaching science and research from diverse angles of enquiry, and asking innovative and provocative questions in this respect.
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