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Collide Artists Residency Award is the flagship programme of Arts at CERN. The main goal of the residency is to develop expert knowledge in the arts through a connection with fundamental science. COLLIDE gives artists the opporunity to encounter the multi-dimensional world of particle physics. Since 2011 the COLLIDE award calls to artists to win a fully funded residency at CERN. In 2017, Arts at CERN is collaborating with FACT, Liverpool for the second time in this edition of the Collide International Award.

The winner of the Collide International Award in 2017 is hrm199, a studio platform that allows people from a diverse range of disciplines to collaborate. Founded in 2004 by artist Haroon Mirza to consolidate his interdisciplinary practice, their work draws from music, architecture, design and electronics.  For this project, hrm199 is collaborating with Jack Jelfs. For this edition, artists Diann Bauer and Tuomo Rainio received an Honorary Mention.

The jury for the Collide International Award 2017 was comprised of Mónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, Geneva; Michael Doser, Senior Research Physicist at CERN, Geneva; Rosa Ferré, Head of Exhibitions at CCCB, Barcelona; Ana Botella, Head of Programme at FACT, Liverpool; Mike Stubbs, Director at FACT, Liverpool; Yves Bernard, Artistic and Managing Director at iMAL, Brussels; Patrick Gyger, Director at Lieu Unique, Nantes. 

The jury chooses hrm199, founded and led by artist Haroon Mirza, for its ability to consistently extend the ambitious standards of creativity and to build on an ongoing fascination with media, time and transmission. It is this continuing belief in art as a fictive realm that has enabled hrm199 to push boundaries, conceptually, politically and intellectually. For this research proposal, Haroon Mirza will be accompanied by artist and musician Jack Jelfs. The jury particularly values the proposal’s focus on ephemera, both scientific and phenomenological, as well as on the connection between materiality and the mathematical description of reality, opening up new means of enquiry of artistic practice alongside CERN scientists. The jury finds special interest in Bauer’s innovative approach to the notions of time, knowledge, experience, by exploring new collaborative models of enquiry for building a more just future, and appreciates Tuomo Rainio’s fresh research into data, information, signal and noise, in particular his fascination with the instant when something becomes conceivable and the moment of discovery.

The award grants the studio hrm199 a fully funded residency, and a prize of CHF15,000. The residency comprises two months spent at CERN, Geneva, providing an inspirational place for the artist to explore and extend their research in order to find new artistic approaches. This is followed by one month at FACT, where the open and collaborative atmosphere and its wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and participant-led projects offer the artist an excellent setting to reflect on, and contextualise their work, as well as establish conversations and explore collaborations with scientists and academics from Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Collide International Award is part of the COLLIDE CERN FACT Framework Partnership 2016-2018.