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Guest Artists

Guest Artists is a programme initiated in 2016 for invited artists with an extensive internationally recognized career to visit CERN for a short period, to learn about what the laboratory offers to arts and creativity, from an interdisciplinary approach.


Kerstin Ergenzinger

A Berlin-based artist, Kerstin Ergenzinger’s art revolves around notions of perception and the subliminal phenomena and processes, which strongly inform how we feel, act, and think. She designes subtle perceptual machines that record, register and make impulses perceivable in order to encourage a discussion about our experience of a shared world. Alongside her studio practice, she is frequently involved in collaborative and research projects. Since November 2016 she has been a fellow of the Berlin Center for Advanced Studies (BAS) at the University of the Arts Berlin, where she is working on a two-year project called “Rhythmic Textures“. Kerstin Ergenzinger is Honorary Mention of Collide International 2015/2016.



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Julieta Aranda

Julieta was awarded Honorary Mention of Collide International in 2016. Her work involves circulation mechanisms and the idea of a “poetics of circulation”; her interest is on science-fiction, space travel and zones of friction; the possibility of a politicized subjectivity through the perception and use of time, and the notion of power over the imaginary. Julieta Aranda will be experiencing two intense days visiting CERN, and meeting scientists, at the end of March 2017.



James Bridle

James was also awarded Honorary Mention of Collide International in 2016. He is a British writer, artist, publisher and technologist, currently based in Athens. His work covers the intersection of literature, culture and the network. His current research, on the impact of information technologies into knowledge, brought him to CERN.



Tomás Saraceno

Arts at CERN has welcomed the first Guest Artist of the year, Tomás Saraceno, on Thursday, 16 February. His work is an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering. During the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and institutions of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, among them Imperial College and the Natural History Museum London. He came to CERN to discuss ideas in cosmology and particle physics with scientists, as he also will visited the detectors CMS and ATLAS.

Tomás Saraceno. Photo by Alfred Weidinger


Pascal Dusapin

Pascal Dusapin was born in Nancy, France in 1955. His interests and passions are many, from morphogenesis to philosophy, from photography, to architecture, to the theatre of Samuel Beckett, to Flaubert’s work, among others. Pascal Dusapin has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Cino del Duca prize in 2005, and the Dan David Price in 2007. Read More

In collaboration with Lieu Unique, Nantes, France, Arts at CERN is welcoming the French musician and composer Pascal Dusapin. He will be visiting CERN on 21-22 November for deep exploration in high energy physics. 

Pascal Dusapin. Photo by by Philippe Goutier / Editions Salabert



Antoni Muntadas

Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and has lived in New York since 1971. Through his works he addresses social, political and communication issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media such as photography, video, publications, the Internet, installations and urban interventions.

Muntadas has taught and directed seminars at diverse institutions throughout Europe and the United States, including the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, the Fine Arts Schools in Bordeaux and Grenoble, the University of California in San Diego, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Cooper Union in New York, the University of São Paulo, and the University of Buenos Aires. He has also been welcomed as a resident artist and consulting advisor by various research and education centres including the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Arteleku in San Sebastian, The National Studio for Contemporary Arts Le Fresnoy, and the University of Western Sydney. Antoni Muntadas has been a visiting professor at the Visual Arts Program in the School of Architecture at MIT in Cambridge from 1990 to 2014. He is currently teaching at the School of Architecture IUAV in Venice.

Muntadas has received several prizes and grants, including those of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz, Laser d’Or in Locarno, the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques awarded by the Catalan Government and the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas 2005. One of his most recent awards is the Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas 2009 granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Antoni Muntadas at CERN Data Centre. Photo by Julian Calo.



Alfonso Borragán

Alfonso Borragán is a multidisciplinary artist. He studied his BA at Barcelona University and holds an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, (London). Lives and works in London.

His work can be interpreted as the development and tracking of an irreproducible experience. He claims images that don’t exist, latent graphias that are instants of an experience that cannot be completely revealed.

He has carried out and shared his projects internationally. His last projects have been exhibit at MUSAC, León (No man’s Land: Mneme); La casa encendida, Madrid (Sidelito); the old Born Market, Barcelona (litofagos: ærolito) at Gilverto Alzate Foundation, Bogotá (Fosfofagia 04); Cervantes Institute, New York (Documentation of 19 days living in a cave); or Khoj, India (Fosfofagia 03).

Furthermore he has taught and delivered workshops and Lectures at Slade School of Fine Arts, Camberwell Collage of Arts, London Collage of Communication, Swansea Metropolitan, Plymouth University, La Colegiatura Colombiana, Cantabria University, Barcelona University, Institute of advance Architecture of Catalonia (Iaac), and at Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (iefc).

Alfonso Borragán


Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand

Dmitry Gelfand (b.1974, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Evelina Domnitch (b.1972, Minsk, Belarus) create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. At their Synergetica Laboratory (Amsterdam), the duo probes macroscopic manifestations of quantum behaviour, involving photonics, fluid dynamics and acoustics. Their installations and performances comprise exotic forms of light, such as sonoluminescence, as well as various means of acoustic and optical levitation. Read More

Evelina and Dmitry are Arts at CERN Guest Artists discovering CERN for three intese days of science, from 1-3 March, 2016. March 2nd, at 18:00 - Guest Artists' presentation at CERN Main Auditorium.


Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch

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