ACCELERATE Croatia is the first opportunity for a Croatian artist to carry out artistic research in the field of art, science and technology inspired by the world of particle physics in intense dialog with the scientists of CERN. Particle physics considers notions of time, space and gravity to understand what constructs the universe while being invisible to the naked eye. CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, provides an inspirational place to realize ambitious visual or sound artwork and to expand artistic practice into new creative dimensions.
The Croatian artist Tomo Savić-Gecan came to CERN thanks to the partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Croatia and Kontejner Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis in Zagreb. He gathered inspiration through dialogue with theoretical and experimental physicists to develop a specific project for CERN, understanding the implications of time-space research.
Tomo Savić-Gecan, Untitled 2016
By entering the competition, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland) in partnership with Kontejner | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Croatia, offers Tomo Savić-Gecan the opportunity to have a one-month research stay at one of the most important laboratories of the world, as well as a prize of CHF5,000. CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web, as well as the world’s largest machine, the 27km Large Hadron Collider with which scientists investigate the origins of the universe. CERN is also a highly regarded center for advanced science as well as a cutting edge institution in the contemporary culture. As one of the world’s leading research laboratories, CERN offers a perfect and stimulating environment to host and inspire the development and research of an outstanding new piece of art.
Tomo Savić-Gecan worked at CERN for one month, during which time he was introduced to the different aspects of the research conducted there. The experience was curated by Mónica Bello, head and curator of ARTS AT CERN. The artist was invited to dialog and discuss ideas with some of the great scientific minds of today's science, engaging with theoretical notions of time and space, as well as encountering the practical cutting edge engineering used in the experiments.