CERN Accelerating science

Collide Pro Helvetia residency award is an artistic residency opportunity for a Swiss artist to carry out artistic research in intense dialog and exchange with scientists, engineers and staff at CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research in Geneva.

Collide Pro Helvetia is organised in partnership with the Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia. It offers a fully funded 3-months residency at one of the most fascinating research centres in the world in connection with cutting-edge science research. CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, provides a fascinating context to explore and develop ambitious visual artwork and to expand artistic practice into new creative expressions.

At CERN physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Some of the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter: the fundamental particles. As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN is an eminent centre of science and technology with great relevance in the culture of today. As an international centre of excellence in these fields, CERN is an inspirational place for artists and creators of any kind to explore and extend their research in the compelling scientific field of particle physics.

Criteria and conditions of eligibility

The competition is open to artists of any age with Swiss nationality, or living in Switzerland. The artist’s application should include a project proposal that reflects upon encounters between art and science and digital culture, and offers challenging methods of collaboration and enquiry between artists and scientists at CERN. The ultimate goal for the residency will be the research and development of new artistic concepts within the laboratory’s context.

Collide Pro Helvetia encourages the participation of artists interested in the context described above, complying with any of the following criteria:

  • Artists interested in the cultural significance of science as expressed by CERN.
  • Artists working with digital and interactive media, science and concepts as inspiration for their work.
  • Artists engaging with an innovative discourse on contemporary culture, following ambitious standards of creativity.
  • Artists pushing the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields, and asking innovative and provocative questions in this respect.
  • The innovative character of the artistic proposal and the feasibility of the project.

Conditions and obligations of the residency

The residency includes a residency grant of CHF 15,000 for the research and development of the proposal. There is a limited budget to cover subsistence and travel costs inside Switzerland.

These conditions will be covered within accomplishment of the following obligations:

  • Working on site, gaining active knowledge of CERN and the laboratory as a whole.
  • Producing a report at the end of the residency.
  • Presenting a functioning prototype of the project or production proposal at the end of the research period.

The exact dates of the stay are to be determined between the beneficiary and the Arts at CERN team.

Applications and important dates

  • Applications can be submitted via the online form. No applications will be accepted via email.
  • All documents must be produced in English.
  • The deadline for applications is December 10th, 2018.
  • The decisions of the jury will be announced in February 2019 in Arts at CERN website. Only the selected artist will be notify about the results.
  • The decisions of the jury are definitive and allow no further communication.

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