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Broken Symmetries

Premiering at FACT, Broken Symmetries brings together artists who aim to understand and question the physical world by navigating the shifting realities of modern science.

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

ScANNER was initiated through the Collide lnternational residency Award 2016-2018, a partnership programme between CERN and FACT.

The first output of the project, which will showcase the pieces resulting from ten commissions of international artists, will be presented at the FACT in Liverpool on the 22 November 2018 under the title “Broken Symmetries”. A few months later, CCCB will host an expanded version known as 'Quàntica' adding a scientific and philosophical itinerary to the existing artistic itinerary, which will allow us to analyse how the new principles of quantum mechanics shake our understanding of the world.

Broken Symmetries

Quàntica

The exhibition Quàntica provides the keys to understanding the principles of fundamental physics, and it does so through the joint creative work of artist, scientists and educators.

“Quantica” is a project curated by Mónica Bello and José Carlos Mariátegui, along with the physicist José Ignacio Latorre as the scientific advisor.

The exhibition was co-produced by ScANNER (the Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), composed of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva); FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool); CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona); IMAL (interactive Media Arts Laboratory, Brussels); and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes. ScANNER was initiated through the Collide lnternational residency Award 2016-2018, a partnership programme between CERN and FACT.

 

Quàntica

Art Commissions

In 2011, CERN established its pioneering Arts at CERN programme bringing great art and great science together. Though Arts at CERN, leading artists selected through a competitive process spend time at the Laboratory, working with our scientists and engineers in creative exchanges that have seen remarkable collaborations flourish and resulted in some truly outstanding creations across a wide range of art forms.

As with everything at CERN, excellence is the guiding principle for the programme. We provide the scientific excellence, with leading arts organisations bringing excellence in the arts and reaching a diverse and international audience. It was in this spirit that we launched a new program of art commissions and exhibitions in 2018.

Current art commissions comprise new works by artist Mika Rottenberg, Mariele Neudecker, and Leslie Thornton.