Jakob Kudsk Steensen Tongues of Verglas, Les Langues de Verglas (2022) Installation view courtesy of the artist

Arts at CERN collaborates with Copenhagen Contemporary’s exhibition Yet, it moves!

09 May 2023

The exhibition features work by CERN artists in residence, including Ryoji Ikeda and Black Quantum Futurism

In March, CERN and Copenhagen Contemporary announced a three-year partnership through CollideArts at CERN’s flagship international residency programme. The first call for Collide Copenhagen invited artists from any country to submit their proposals for a residency between CERN and Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) dedicated to artistic research and artistic exploration, working side-by-side with physicists, engineers, and laboratory staff.

This announcement is followed by the opening of Yet, it moves!, Copenhagen Contemporary’s large new exhibition, which explores the theme of motion as an omnipresent phenomenon, raising our awareness of the many complex movement patterns in which we are all entangled. The exhibiting artists include Collide-winning artists Ryoji Ikeda and Black Quantum Futurism, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Jenna Sutela, Ligia Bouton, Helene Nymann, Nina Nowak, Jens Settergren, Cecilia Bengolea, Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm and Nora Turato.  

Since 2021, the artists have engaged in dialogue with researchers at the exhibition’s collaborators: Arts at CERN in Geneva; DARK at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen; the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University, and ModLab (Digital Humanities Laboratory) at the University of California, Davis. These encounters between artists and scientists have produced artworks with perspectives ranging from particle physics and astrophysics, brain and cognitive sciences, anthropology, and technology and performance studies.

In CC’s biggest hall, Japanese artist and composer Ryoji Ikeda presents his monumental trilogy dataverse for the first time in Scandinavia. In three giant video projections, Ikeda composes a sensory explosion of images and sound, sampling open source data on motion obtained from scientific institutions, including CERN, NASA and the Human Genome ProjectThe huge audiovisual installation represents three worlds: the microscopic natural world of atoms, molecules, DNA and cells that is invisible to the human eye. The human world we live in on Earth with our brains and bodies, other organisms, cities, climates, internet, air traffic, satellites and so on. And finally, the macroscopic world – from our planet to the solar system, galaxies, the observable universe and potential multiverses.


The exhibition kicks off on 11 May with the symposium Yet, it Moves! Everything moves – around, above and within us. With participating artists, scientists and curators, the discussions will look behind the artworks in the exhibition and into complex phenomena such as cosmic motion, stardust, black holes, external sounds and the connection between quantum mechanics and the human brain. Yet, it moves! will remain 'in motion', with new works and conversations being introduced throughout the exhibition and extending into the Copenhagen cityscape, including the city centre, Copenhagen Airport, Nørrebro, the Inner Harbour and Søndermarken Park.



Artists at CC (May-December)
Ryoji Ikeda, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Helene Nymann, Jenna Sutela, Ligia Bouton and Nina Nowak

Bloom Festival (26-28 May)
Opening of Jens Settergren’s work in Søndermarken

Copenhagen Airport (26 June – 9 July)
CC presents works by exhibiting artists on all screens in the arrivals terminal at Copenhagen Airport.

Artists in the city (August–September)
Cecilia Bengolea, Black Quantum Futurism, Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm, Jens Settergren and Helene Nymann

Performance at CC (December)
Nora Turato


Main image: Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Tongues of Verglas, Les Langues de Verglas (2022) Installation view courtesy of the artist.