Daring to do - the final event by Julius von Bismarck, CERN's first artist in residence, on 25th September 2012

‘I have 30 years worth of ideas thanks to my residency. And it has totally changed the way I look at the world and approach my work.’ Those are the words of Julius von Bismarck’s the first winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN residency which has been a declared a definite success.

Not least because both James Wells and Julius von Bismarck, the scientist and the artist have survived their collision during the first Collide@CERN residency according to CERN Director General, Rolf-Dieter Heuer.

The occasion was the final lecture by Julius von Bismarck to mark the official end of his two month CERN residency as part of Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN – CERN’s official partnership with the leading Austrian digital arts organization.

During the presentation, Julius von Bismarck showed a film of his piece, Versuch Unter Kreisen – four lamps which swing in disharmony which then for one turn mysteriously are in harmony. It was showcased at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival at the OK Center and their plans for it to be installed at the Ars Electronica Centre and potentially at CERN too, if a suitable place can be found.

The presentation also featured Julius describing the 3 interventions he did in the CERN laboratory during his stay

  • Locking 30 physcists underground and asking them what they saw in the dark
  • A 90 minute arts course
  • Rigging up the tree in the CERN restaurant as a listening post, inspired by Heisenberg’s memoirs

The last intervention recorded people talking on the terrace over an 8 hour period – the week before the announcement of the Higgs-like particle discovery was made in July 2012.

Watch the final lecture here; Watch Versuch unter den Kreisen here.

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Photographs by Jean-Claude Gadmer

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