CERN Accelerating science

Simetría, a new ambitious residential exchange programme, allows artists to carry out their artistic enquiry in relation to astronomy and particle physics at some of the world’s most important scientific research centres.

Two artists, one from Switzerland and one from Chile, are invited to carry out a 3-weeks residency in Switzerland at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, and in Chile at European Southern Observatory’s VLT (Very Large Telescope) and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array)observatory (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).

Created in 2019 the goal of Simetría's main goal is to foster further developments on the dialogues between science and arts, reflecting about the research at remote locations and at laboratories and observatories. An objective is also to explore the diversity of physics and the sciences of the universe and how these fields of research may inspire innovation in the arts. 

Simetría, launched with support from Pro Helvetia Coincidencia, the Swiss-South America exchange programme, and the Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage in Chile, is a joint cooperation between Arts at CERN, ALMA, ESO and the Corporación Chilena de Video.

First edition

In the first edition Alan Bogana and Nicole L'Huillier are the artists invited to participate in 'Simetría'. They will be at CERN for 3 weeks during June and July 2019, followed by a second stage of three weeks in Chile, traveling from Santiago to the Atacama desert and Antofagasta region where ALMA Observatories and Paranal are located.

Alan Bogana is a Swiss artist based in Geneva. His art practice involves sculpture, computer graphics, electronics, time-based media and holography, and his works are usually presented in the form of installations. During the last years his research has focused on the exploration, real and fictional, of the behavior of light and its interactions with matter. He investigates this broad field of study through various means, such as computer graphics simulations of impossible phenomena or the manipulation of translucent, phosphorescent and holographic materials. Alan Bogana completed a Fine Arts Diploma with honors at the Geneva University of Art and Design, a sp

Nicole L'Huillier is a Chilena artists currently based in Boston where she is a PhD candidate and research assistant at MIT Media Lab, Opera of the Future group. She earned a Master in Media Arts & Sciences (2017) in the MIT Media Lab. Through installations, performances, sculptures, compositions, and multiple transductions, her work explores human and non-human performativity, rituals of membranal and resonant architectures, as well as vibration and sound as construction materials for spaces, identity, and agency. She works at the intersection of music, art, architecture, science, and technology to challenge perceptual conventions and to open the possibility of new imaginaries.


Fieldworks presentation of the residency in Geneva