Connect India presentations: Elisa Storelli & Rohini Devasher
The artists selected for Connect India presented their artistic practices, recent works, and the progress of their residency projects to the CERN community.
Between April and June, Swiss artist Elisa Storelli and Indian artist Rohini Devasher completed their research-based residencies at CERN and the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS). During their stays in Geneva and Bengaluru, the artists explored the scientific research and engaged with both communities of physicists, engineers and laboratory staff to develop their research-based projects.
At the end of their residency, the artists presented their artistic practices, recent works, and the progress of their residency projects to the CERN community and local collaborators. Rohini Devasher showed the progress of In a Mirror, Darkly, which she also developed in a post-residency essay. The project seeks to evolve from her ongoing artistic practice – The Standard Model – which describes two frames: wonder and the strange, focusing on the role of observation, the observer and the field or site. Through her residency, she has expanded its scope into Beyond the Standard Model, a diagram to propose new modes and methodologies of research and practice.
Elisa Storelli introduced her artistic practice, which focuses on the artistic examination of time, which she calls 'chronomorphology'. With her residency project, A para-chronology of atoms and stars, Storelli intends to develop a scientific narrative as a multimedia poem that invites the audience to consider the notions of time and chronology that shape our understanding of the world.
Connect offers two residency formats: the first consists of a three-month residency at CERN for Swiss artists; the second, the international strand, is a combined residency at CERN and at an international location in collaboration with prestigious scientific and cultural organisations. Following the successful editions in South Africa and India, a new edition will be launched in Chile in autumn 2023.