Announcement date of the winner of Collide 2020

16 February

29 Jan 2021

Collide is our major arts and science residency award. Since 2019, the Laboratory’s arts programme Arts at CERN, Barcelona City Council and the Institute of Culture of Barcelona have nurtured dialogue between art and science at the highest level. Collide 2020 invited artists to apply with a proposal for a research-led residency in both locations: at CERN, Geneva, and in various laboratories and research centres in Barcelona, while based at the Hangar Centre for Art Research and Production.

In this edition, we have received an overwhelming response with 564 project proposals from 79 different countries. The winning artist will undertake a fully-funded two-month residency at CERN and a one-month residency in Barcelona. Three artists will be awarded an Honorary Mention and will be invited to be part of CERN’s Guest Artist programme, consisting of a two-day exploratory visit of the Laboratory. At least one Honorary Mention will be awarded to an artist residing in Barcelona.

We want to thank all the applying artists for submitting their proposals to the residency. The announcement will be on 16 February. Save the date!

The jury is composed of cultural experts and scientists

The selection of the winning artists and the Honorary Mentions was based on evaluating the application and the artist’s project proposal and reviewed by a group of five cultural experts and scientists. The jury looked for ideas that reflect upon encounters between art and science and offer challenging exchange and inquiry methods between artists and scientists.


The jury of the 2020 Collide Residency Award:


Monica Bello is a Spanish curator and art historian working across disciplines, interested in emerging cultural practices. For the last 15 years, she has curated exhibitions and events internationally in collaboration with artists, curators, thinkers, designers and scientists of various disciplines. Since 2015, she leads Arts at CERN at the European Laboratory of Particle Physics, Geneva, Switzerland. At CERN she curates the research-led artistic residencies and the new art commissions and exhibitions that support cultural production resulting from the exchanges between artists and physicists at the laboratory.


"Art and physics have travelled similar and intertwined paths for a long time to address fundamental questions about nature and reality, many of which have become more relevant and pressing today. It has been highly rewarding to review and delve into the wide array of artistic visions that answered the Collide call. I am excited to welcome the award winners to the vibrant research community of CERN and Barcelona and to support the synergies that follow them."⠀


Stefanie Hessler is a curator, writer and editor. Her work focuses on ecologies, technology and expanded definitions of life and non-life from an intersectional feminist perspective. Hessler is the director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway and the 17th MOMENTA Biennale's curator in Montreal, 2021. Recent curatorial projects include “Down to Earth” at the Gropius Bau/Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2020); “Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land II” at Ocean Space, Venice (2019); the 6th Athens Biennale (2018); and the symposium “Practices of Attention” at the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018). Her monographic book Prospecting Ocean was published by The MIT Press and TBA21–Academy in 2019.


“I delighted in being on the jury and discussing so many multifaceted and thought-out projects with wonderful colleagues. The amount of relevant and original proposals we received proves the necessity for transdisciplinary research between the arts and the sciences.”⠀


Helga Timko is an accelerator physicist working at CERN since 2009. Timko works on beam dynamics studies and radiofrequency system operations for the Large Hadron Collider and its injectors. In the Lab, she has participated in numerous exchanges with artists in residence, such as Yunchul Kim and James Bridle.


"It was exciting to be part of the jury and to dive into such a vast range of excellent proposals, touching on so many fundamental aspects of physics and scientific research."


Rosa Pera is a curator, art critic and consultant on Contemporary Arts and Design. She is currently the Head of Studies of the Degree in Design at BAU. She is writing her Doctoral Thesis on "Hybrid Institutions: Design as a communicating vessel with Science, Contemporary Art and Architecture" at Universitat de Vic. She is the curator of “Mastering The Art Of Living” currently at Palmadotze Galería de Arte, co-curator of "Radical Curiosity: In the Buckminster Fuller Orbit" at Fundación Telefónica; among many other exhibitions.


Lluis Nacenta is a professor, writer and curator in the fields of music and contemporary art. Degree in Mathematics and Music (piano), Master’s Degree in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Philosophy and Doctor of Humanities, with a PhD thesis about musical repetition, his research proposes a philosophical perspective on the sonic arts. He has published numerous articles in digital and paper publications, such as Cultura/s de La Vanguardia and Nativa. He has curated exhibitions and concerts for Sónar+D, Arts Santa Mònica, Centre de Cultura Contemporància de Barcelona (CCCB) and Fundació Antoni Tàpies, among others. Since January 2018, he is the director of Hangar.


Jury Collide
The deliberation took place semi-remotely. Some jury members were at Hangar Centre for Art Research and Production (Barcelona), and some were online. Photo Luciana Della Villa


Collide is the flagship programme of Arts at CERN organised in partnership with a leading city and a local cultural institution. Collide is currently in collaboration with Barcelona City Council and the Institute of Culture of Barcelona. Over three years (2019-2021), Collide aims to stimulate innovative exchanges between art and science fostering the relationships in the scientific and cultural communities, both globally and locally. Aiming at becoming the European capital for research and innovation, Barcelona embeds this collaboration within the 'Barcelona Science Plan' to cultivate creative synergies among art, science and technology in the city.