CERN Accelerating science

03 Jul 2019

Artists Alan Bogana (Switzerland) and Nicole L’Huillier (Chile) are participating in the first edition of Simetría, an exchange residency between CERN and the Chilean astronomical observatories.


The artists will present their exploratory works in a discussion entitled Field Works, facilitated by Mónica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN. A theme in Alan Bogana’s art is the behaviour of light – real and speculative – and his residency research focuses on the conceptualisation and detection of dark matter. Observation is one of the motifs being explored by Nicole L’Huillier; she inquires into the ghostly natures of both infinitely small particles and large astronomical phenomena. The conversation will provide insights on how the artists gather and evaluate information and experiences during their residencies. It will reveal how laboratories and observatories don’t function only as research spaces for scientists but how they also inspire artistic collaborations and innovations.

Simetría is a collaboration between Arts at CERNALMAESO and the Chilean Corporation of Video and Electronic Arts, made possible by support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia through its exchange programme COINCIDENCIA, and from Chile’s Ministry for Culture, the Arts and Heritage, through its New Media Area.

Field Works: Alan Bogana & Nicole L’Huillier, presented by Mónica Bello
3 July, 6.30 p.m.
Centre de la Photographie Genève
BAC Auditoire, 28 rue des Bains, 1205 Genève
Free entry


Alan Bogana

Multidisciplinary artist based in Geneva, Switzerland. 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 specialization in computer graphics and one in artistic research methodologies at the Zürich University of Art and Design. He exhibited in Europe, in the United States, in the Emirates and in South Africa. He has been artist in residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, at the Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, in Cape Town with Pro Helvetia and in Zug with the Landis & Gyr Foundation.

Nicole L'Hullier

Transdisciplinary artist from Santiago (CL). Currently based in Boston (US), as a PhD candidate and research assistant at MIT Media Lab, Opera of the Future group, where she also earned a Master in Media Arts & Sciences (2017). 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. Nicole is also part of the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, where she explores the experimental forms and implications of art, expression and culture in outer space. She is also an experimental musician, drummer, synth lover and one-half of the space pop duo Breaking Forms.