Guest Artist 2016
Considered one of the pioneers of media art and conceptual art in Spain, for over four decades Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) has been creating projects that foment critical reflection about key issues in the configuration of contemporary experience. His aim is to detect and decode the control and power mechanisms through which hegemonic ways of seeing are built, exploring the decisive role played by the mass media in this process. In his works, which always have a clear processual dimension and often make a direct call for viewer participation, Muntadas uses a number of media, languages and discursive strategies, from interventions in public space to video and photography, from the publication of printed material to the use of Internet and the new digital tools, from multimedia installations to the organisation of multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects.
In 2016, Muntadas visited CERN with Alfonso Borragán as part of the Guest Artist programme. The two Spanish artists met with several scientists, including physicist and expert in antimatter Michael Dosser and theoretical physicist Luis Alvarez-Gaumé. They also visited the LHCb and AMS-02 experiments. At the end of the visit, Antoni Muntadas gave a presentation about his work to the CERN community.