Tomo Savić-Gecan CERN  Artist in Residency in September

Tomo Savić-Gecan constructs artworks that literally exist between present and future, here and there, between one public space and another, and between the minds of a viewer, wherever they might be, and the institutional space of the exhibition, which might happen to be somewhere else. For instance, as when he devised a situation so that visitors to an exhibition about the theme of “economy” were asked to decide on the entrance price for the visitor that would enter immediately after him or her (Untitled, 2000). Or as in his piece shown in Venice for the 2005 Biennale, where a line of text on an exhibition space’s wall recounted that the number of visitors at that very moment entering an art center in Amsterdam was impacting the temperature of a public pool in Tallinn (the pool having been programmed to receive the real time information and alter its temperature in relation to it), (Untitled, 2005).

In his latest project the artist worked with an interdisciplinary team of architects, designers and social scientists to develop a public art piece that reflect on the behaviours of the visitors of the gallery. During the residency he expects to obtain content, knowledge and identify new artistic approaches through his dialogue with scientists, both in the field of theory as well as experimentalists.  During his residency he plans to engage in conversations around CERN science in order to reflect and understand how scientific research is developed and the spaces dedicated to it, from labs, to experiments or facilities.

His residency is part of Accelerate Croatia, in in partnership with Kontejner | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Croatia and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Croatia.


Photo by Sophia Bennett/CERN.


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