CERN Accelerating science

The Collide Geneva Residency Award welcomes proposals from individual artists or collectives working in the field of dance, whose work may be inspired by the ground breaking research environment at CERN. Eligible applicants must have been born or be permanently resident in Geneva. The competition is open to artists of any age.


Conditions for eligibility and criteria of the call

Collide Geneva encourages applications from artists interested in the ideas described above, complying with any of the following criteria:

- Artists working in the field of dance.
- Artists inspired by scientific ideas, technology and concepts and new knowledge as expressed by CERN.
- Artists engaging with an innovative discourse in their artistic practice, following ambitious standards of creativity.
- Artists pushing the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields, approaching science and research from diverse angles of enquiry, and asking innovative and provocative questions in this respect.

Conditions of the residency

A jury of scientific and cultural experts will select one artist or artistic collective from among the applications received during the application period. The artist/s will be invited to CERN for a three-month residency during 2019-20.

The artist will be granted an amount of 15,000 CHF for the development and production of a new work, with additional support of 15,000 CHF to cover subsistence costs for the period of the residency. If the selected artist works as part of a collective or group, the grant amounts will be shared between the members.

In the highly scientific environment of CERN, the artist will be invited to engage in conversation with the researchers, physicists, engineers and staff of the laboratory. The dialogues and crossovers between the two disciplines are fundamental for the project.
The ultimate goal for the artist will be to research and explore new ideas in the Laboratory that could lead to the production of a formal work following the residency. The artist will submit a residency report no later than six months after the end of the residency at CERN, describing the development of the research, interactions with scientists and the expected artistic output.

The period of the residency will be determined between the artist and the Arts at CERN team when the artist is notified of the award. The residency will take place during the first half of 2020.


Important dates

The call will open on 30th of September 2019 and the deadline for applications will be the 4th of November 2019.

The jury will review the entries in December 2019 and the results will be announced to the selected artist or collective in the same month. Due to the big expected number of applications, only the selected artist or collective will be notify. The results of the competitions will be announced also in social media channels and Arts at CERN website.

Apply using the online form (below these lines 'Apply here')

Conditions of the Call (English version)

Conditions de l'appel à participation (version française)