Cassandre Poirier-Simon

COLLIDE Geneva Award

The COLLIDE Geneva Award celebrates Geneva as an important place for art and science and the role of the city in the founding of CERN in the 1950s. The award marks CERN’s cultural partnership between The Republic and The Canton of Geneva, and the City of Geneva to fund, for the fourth time, the award founded to lead the exploration of new forms of creativity in the dynamic and diverse artistic scene of Geneva.

Cassandre worked at CERN for three months (Nov. 2016 - Jan. 2017), during which time she was supported with the guide and partnership of Maria Dimou/IT as CERN scientific partner. Also, during this period the ARTS AT CERN team curated and coordinated visits to experiments, encounters and conversations with scientists, engineers and staff at CERN.


Final presentation by the artist 


Besides her work in outreach and educational digital games, her research problematic is digital narrations' poetry and she specialises in the structure of stories (content and reading system). Cassandre came to CERN with an interest in the structures of space and time and the intention to map stories on them. In mid-March, shortly after the end of her residency, she organised a digital writing workshop on narration structures in space using Google Street View as a playground. Four projects emerged thanks to the twelve participants. During this presentation, Cassandre will discuss her work, her three-month residency, and the projects of the workshop participants: treasure hunting, windows through the future, timelines mapped in space and famous people behind the street names are the four paths explored by the scientists who participated.


25 April, 2017 at the Centre d'Art Contemporein de Genève


19:00 Doors open to public

19:30 Opening address by Frédérick Bordry, CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology; Cléa Redalié, 
Conseillère culturelle 
République et Canton de Genève; 
Andre Waldis, 
Conseiller culturelle of La Ville de Genève; Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN.

19:40  Presentation by artist Cassandre Poirier-Simon, Collide Geneva Residency Award winner

20:00 Presentation by Maria Dimou, CERN IT Department, Scientific Partner for the artist

20:20 Discussion on art, science and technology moderated by Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN

20:30 Q&A session

20:40 Drinks Reception


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Cassandre Poirier-Simon

After having graduated in Media Design at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) in 2012, Cassandre Poirier-Simon has developed a solid background and experience in the field of digital stories and experiences. She is specialised in hybrid narrative systems, between real and digital and at the crossroads of different media. As a freelancer, she tells stories dear to companies, those that give life to museums, and works with authors used to the traditional paper market to help them switch to the digital format.




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