CERN Accelerating science

Quàntica features ten artworks resulting from the Collide International residency awards. The exhibition is open at CCCB Barcelona from 10 April - 24 September 2019

The Exhibition

Quantum physics describes the fundamental laws of the world that remain hidden from the senses. It is the human theory that most accurately describes nature today. In many respects, it is a surprising theory, subject to criticism and of great philosophical scope.


Quantum looks at how the languages and methodologies of transdisciplinary artistic practice can contribute to an understanding of science. To understand the subatomic world, we have to realise that it is an area governed by different properties. These properties are represented as models and experiments that scientists try to understand and fit into a logical scenario. The ultimate aim of the exhibition is to reflect more closely on these models and experiments by means of the participation of people from the field of culture, showing the work being done at CERN, where the world’s largest particle physics experiment is being carried out.

These are the artists-in-residence at CERN and the works they produced during their stay at the Nuclear Research Centre in Geneva.


Curators: Mónica Bello, José-Carlos Mariátegui
Scientific advisor: José Ignacio Latorre


Artists and artworks:
    •    Semiconductor, The View from Nowhere, 2018
    •    Juan Cortés, Supralunar, 2018
    •    Lea Porsager, CØSMIC STRIKE, 2018
    •    HRM199, one1one, 2018
    •    Yunchul Kim, Cascade, 2018
    •    James Bridle, A State of Sin, 2018
    •    Yu-Chen Wang, We aren’t able to prove that just yet, but we know it’s out there, 2018
    •    Julieta Aranda, Stealing One’s own Corpse (an alternative set of footholds for an ascent into the dark) – Part 3: Politics without oxygen, 2018
    •    Diann Bauer, Scalar Oscillation, 2018
    •    Suzanne Treister, The Holographic Universe Theory of Art History (THUTOAH), 2018

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An International Project

Quantum is a project curated by Mónica Bello and José Carlos Mariátegui, along with the physicist José Ignacio Latorre as the scientific advisor.

Quantum began at Collide International, the flagship programme of Arts at CERN in collaboration with FACT Liverpool. For the last three years, a group of artists was invited to reside at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Geneva) to advance their artistic practice by establishing a dialogue with engineers and particle physicists. The project brings together the ten works produced by this exchange.

The exhibition is coproduced by ScANNER (Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Geneva), FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool), CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), IMAL (Interactive Media Arts Laboratory, Brussels) and Le Lieu Unique (Nantes).

The project’s first outing, with the presentation of the pieces produced by commissioning ten international artists, was presented at FACT Liverpool with the title Broken Symmetries.