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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/ Quantum

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 (Spaghetti Blockchain) and Leslie Thornton (Event, Ground) both supported by the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the UN and Other Organizations in Geneva.

The artwork 'Cloud' by Mariele Neudecker, supported by the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation and its special fund Odonata.

 

Touring exhibitions during 2020

A travelling art exhibition entitled ‘Quantum/Broken Symmetries’* will bring the fruit of CERN’s art and science residencies to four new museums worldwide in 2020: iMAL in Brussels, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Le lieu unique in Nantes and Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn.

‘Broken Symmetries/ Quantum’ gathers the outcome of these exchanges under the curation of Mónica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN, and Peruvian researcher and curator José Carlos Mariátegui. Adapted to several different museums, the travelling exhibition explores the influence of physics in culture and creativity across disciplines. In 2018 and 2019, it travelled to Liverpool and Barcelona. In 2020 the exhibition will open in Brussels on 5 March and travel to Taichung, Taiwan on 14 March. Later, in the summer, on 25 June, ‘Broken Symmetries/Quantum’ will be shown in Nantes, France, before travelling again on 30 October to Tallinn, Estonia.

Please note that these dates might suffer changes due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The exhibition is co-produced by ScANNER (the Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), a consortium created by CERN, Geneva; FACT, Liverpool; CCCB, Barcelona; iMAL, Brussels and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes.

*Please note that the exhibition title varies for each city: ‘Broken Symmetries’ for Liverpool and Tallinn, ‘Quàntica’ for Barcelona, ‘Quantum: in search of the invisible’ for Brussels and Nantes and ‘Broken Symmetries, Art x Physics’ for Taichung.

Touring dates 2020