CERN Accelerating science

22 Nov 2018

Broken Symmetries is an international exhibition of new artworks exploring the ways in which artists and scientists are working together to uncover the hidden aspects of our world. 

An exhibition at FACT, Liverpool from 22 November 2018  to 3 March 2019

Broken Symmetries

This major co-production is a partnership with Arts at CERN, Geneva; FACT, Liverpool; CCCB, Barcelona; le lieu unique, Nantes; and iMAL, Brussels. It is the first outcome of  ScANNER - Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research.

The show - which features ten new commissions by international artists working between the fields of art and science - opens at FACT, Liverpool and it will tour to Spain, France and Belgium for the next two years.

Curated by Mónica Bello and José Carlos Mariátegui.

Since 2016 Arts at CERN has partnered FACT to foster creative exchanges and research between art and physics at the world's largest laboratory, CERN Geneva. Broken Symmetries is the outcome of the Collide International Residency award, one of the core programs of Arts at CERN, the leading art and science program in Geneva.

Broken Symmetries brings together artists who aim to understand and question the physical world by navigating the shifting realities of modern science. The artworks in Broken Symmetries rethink scientific facts by performing or interrogating theories and experiments: uncovering and challenging the very notion of reality and how we arrive at something as ‘fact’, with implications far beyond the domain of science. These new works question how much is certain about the world around us, and how we might attempt to discover new aspects by looking at the world differently.

Thanks to the technological and scientific breakthroughs of the last hundred years we are now more able than ever to understand and interpret the hidden nature of the universe which govern our existence. This bleeding edge of inquiry into existence has long served as an inspiration to many artists, who use and get inspired by scientific research to better explore states of being, experimentation, and alternative possibilities of reality.

Looking at the reality of such encounters, new exhibition, Broken Symmetries is the latest outcome of the Collide International Residency award: one of the core programmes of Arts at CERN since 2011 and a collaboration with FACT, Liverpool since 2016. The exhibition presents  the work undertaken within this programme, showcasing artworks developed in residence between Arts at CERN and FACT over the last three years.

Each of the artists was selected from an annual open call, to receive a grant and residency between both organisations, or to undertake a research visit to CERN. Artists include: Julieta Aranda (MX/DE), Diann Bauer (US/UK), James Bridle (UK/GR), Juan Cortés (CO), hrm199 (Haroon Mirza in collaboration with Jack Jelfs) (UK), Yunchul Kim (SK), Lea Porsager (DK), Suzanne Treister (UK), Semiconductor (UK), Yu-Chen Wang (TW/UK).

Broken Symmetries is co-produced by ScANNER (Science-Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), composed of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool; Arts at CERN, Geneva; CCCB (Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona); iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory), Brussels; and le lieu unique (Center for Contemporary Culture – Nantes).

With additional support from Korean Cultural Centre (KCCK), London and Lighthouse, Brighton. 

The new co-commissions are generously supported by UNIQA GlobalCare SA, a partner of Arts at CERN.


Broken Symmetries opening at FACT Liverpool