Arts at CERN announces four new artists in residency for 2017

Haroon Mirza, Adam, Eve, Others and a UFO, 2013, Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery 1


Arts at CERN is CERN’s arts and science programme, fostering dialogue between prominent scientists and visionary artists at the world’s leading centre for particle physics. Today, Arts at CERN is delighted to announce the winners of the four artist residency awards for 2017.

“I am thrilled to announce the studio hrm199 led by Haroon Mirza, Laura Couto Rosado, Cheolwon Chang and Tomo Savić-Gecan as our next artists in residency. They will join this unusual and highly scientific environment, where I am certain their research and ideas will be expanded with many different cultural and creative angles, thanks to the interactions with CERN scientists,” affirms Mónica Bello, head and curator of Arts at CERN.

The winner of “Collide Pro Helvetia”, in partnership with the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, is the artist and designer Laura Couto Rosado. She will spend three months at CERN exploring design principles inspired by fundamental particles and the way these are described by physicists.

As part of the ongoing collaboration with FACT - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool - in “Collide International”, the artists Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs, forming studio hrm199, will reside at CERN for two months, where they will work in close collaboration with a scientist and to extend their investigation on media, time and transmission.

“Since 2011, Arts at CERN has developed a wide network of partnerships with eminent cultural institutions around the globe. The programme’s success now means four artistic residencies can take place every year here at CERN, bringing together the worlds of science and art to inspire each other in new creative expressions,” says Charlotte Warakaulle, Director for International Relations at CERN.

Moreover, the two country-specific awards named “Accelerate” have been presented to South Korean and Croatian artists. Seoul-based artist Cheolwon Chang plans to work on the geometric properties of nature and how mathematics influences further understanding of our universe. This award has been made possible thanks to collaboration between CERN and ARKO, the Arts Council Korea. The Croatian artist Tomo Savić-Gecan will come to CERN thanks to the partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Croatia and Kontejner Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis in Zagreb. He will gather inspiration through dialogue with theoretical and experimental physicists to develop a specific project for CERN, understanding the implications of time-space research.