COLLIDE Pro Helvetia Residency Award

COLLIDE Pro Helvetia Residency Award is the opportunity for a Swiss 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. It is a fully funded residency in the laboratory, including a prize of CHF15,000. 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 artwork and to expand artistic practice into new creative dimensions.

The winner of  the Collide Pro Helvetia Residency Award 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. The jury for Collide Pro Helvetia was comprised of

Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN; Matt Adams, Blast Theory; Neal Hartman, Director and President at CineGlobe Film Festival; Erinrose Sullivan, Strategic Insights Expert, Marketing Thought Leader, Digital Marketing Consultant and Michel Vust, Project Leader Pro Helvetia. Michel Vust, Project Leader Pro Helvetia stated that the Collide residency is a unique opportunity for a creator to confront his ideas to the actual practices and knowledge of renowned scientists. It is a life-and-career-changing experience. We are pleased to offer this chance to Laura Couto Rosado, who unanimously convinced the jury with her work at the crossroads between physics, interaction design and poetry.


Laura Couto Rosado


Laura Couto Rosado is an interaction design based in Geneva. She is passionant, self-taught in electronics and applied physics which she used since the beginning of her practice. She graduated at the HEAD-Geneve where she obtained her Masters in Media Design. After having the opportunity of exposing her work in different expositions, she cofounded the studio Digital Alchemy that combines digital and analogue technologies to create poetic interactive products. Her practice is a hybrid of design in search of the symbioses between technology and design.

By entering an open competition, CERN, in Geneva (Switzerland) in partnership with The Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, offers an individual artist the opportunity to have a three-month residency at one of the most important laboratories of the world. 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.

Laura Couto Rosado will work at CERN for three months, during which time he/she will be introduced to the different aspects of the research conducted there. The experience will be curated by Mónica Bello, head and curator of ARTS AT CERN. The artists will be 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.




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