CERN Accelerating science

Accelerate Korea Award is the first opportunity for a South Korean artist to carry out artistic research in the field of visual arts 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 artwork and to expand artistic practice into new creative dimensions.

Seoul-based artist Cheolwon Chang plans to work on the geometric properties of nature and how mathematics influences further understanding of our universe. This award has been made possible thanks to collaboration between CERN and ARKO, the Arts Council Korea.

Cheolwon Chang is an artist who deals with paintings, photos and videos based on geometric shapes. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chung-Ang University and have completed an exchange student program at Nottingham Trent University. Beginning with the exhibit DURE held in Nottingham Bornington Atrium, he made a work based on time which was later shown as a video on media facade at Seoul Square building in Korea.

Artist Cheolwon Chang

By entering the competition, CERN, in Geneva (Switzerland) in partnership with ARKO, Arts Council Korea (South Korea) offers Cheolwon Chang 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.

Cheolwon Chang will work at CERN for one month, during which time he 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 artist 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.