Barcelona Science Plan
Barcelona’s City Council and the Institute of Culture have formed an alliance with CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, to create a new collaboration within the Collide programme and to contribute to its success in the period from 2019 to 2021. This collaboration takes shape in the Collide Prize, which is awarded annually by Arts at CERN and is part of the fourth strategic axis of the Barcelona Science Plan. Specifically, this axis aims to encourage the creative link between art, science and technology, and one of its objectives, number 13, envisages the alliance with CERN through the Collide programme to promote combined artistic residencies at the same research centre and a benchmark creation factory in Barcelona.
The Collide Award
Collide is one of the central programmes of Arts at CERN, in collaboration with the Institute of Culture of Barcelona, Barcelona City Council and CERN for the period 2019-2021. The award is an annual artistic call established at CERN that invites artists or groups of any nationality and age to submit a proposal for an artistic project to be developed as part of a residency, and to work and be inspired alongside the extraordinary scientific community at CERN. Barcelona, through the participation of the Institute of Culture and the City Council, is the third city to collaborate with the programme after Linz (in collaboration with Ars Electronica) and Liverpool (in collaboration with FACT).
The Collide Prize aims to challenge and transform the way in which art and science meet, and how science can influence the creation of new ways of expressing art. Within this framework, the call for entries for the prize will be opened once per year during the partnership i.e. 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Residence in Geneva and Barcelona
In each of the calls, the prize grants a three-month residency to the award-winning person or group so that they can expand their research and innovate. During the first two months, the winner will stay at CERN itself, in Geneva, working with professionals in the fields of particle physics, engineering, information technology and the laboratory.
During the third month, the stay takes place in a creative factory in Barcelona. In this second phase in Barcelona, residents will have the opportunity to expand and apply their research through the city's scientific and cultural network. The open and collaborative atmosphere of the creation factory offers the artist an excellent environment to reflect on and contextualize their work. Barcelona is a vibrant city that combines the most artistic and innovative tradition with the most advanced scientific research, and thus leads to the emergence of new artistic expressions that go beyond traditional disciplines.
The duo formed by the Polish Dorota Gawęda and the Lithuanian Eglé Kulbokaité is the winner of the latest edition of the Collide international artistic residency award, convened in October 2021, and in which 388 project proposals from 75 different countries have been presented. With a very remarkable diversity and quality.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė have been working together since 2013. Their multifaceted practice navigates between performance, fragrance, installation, sculpture, video and painting, all rooted in feminist theory and fiction. The winning entry for the 2021 Collide Award is titled Gusla, which translates from Polish as witchcraft and derives from her rural folklore. The artists are deeply inspired by fundamental physics, especially that quantum physics in relation to living organisms exposes the strangeness of the world: “We hope that the engagement with quantum physics has the potential to break the normative patterns of human behaviour, and negotiate new ways of relating to the natural world”, they comment. His research awakens speculative worlds and fictions by engaging with concepts of fundamental physics and drawing on summons rituals from Eastern Europe.
The artist duo, based in Basel (Switzerland), has been awarded along with three other honourable mentions: the Indonesian filmmaker Riar Rizaldi, the New Zealand-based collective The Observatory Project, and the Colombian based in Barcelona Maria Paz. All these artists will be invited to participate in the program Guest Artist of Arts at CERN, with a short stay at the center to research ideas that can support their proposals.
The jury for this third edition of the award has been made up of:
- Mónica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN, Geneva.
- Valentino Catricalán, curator of SODA Gallery, Manchester.
- Lluís Nacenta, director of Hangar until the end of 2021, Barcelona.
- Rosa Pera, independent curator, Barcelona.
- Helga Timko, accelerator physicist at CERN, Geneva.
Black Quantum Futurism is the name of the two artists based in Philadelphia (United States) that has won the Collide Award 2020, in which 564 project proposals from 79 different countries were submitted, presenting a remarkable diversity and quality of entries.
Black Quantum Futurism is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the two artists Camae Ayew and Rasheedah Phillips. The duo explores the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY aesthetics and activism in marginalised communities through an alternative temporal lens. Their work focuses on personal, cultural, familial and community cycles of experience, and their methods of expression range from writing, music, film, visual art and creative research projects.
The award will allow Ayew and Phillips to further their research and produce a new artwork based on their proposal entitled CPT Symmetry and violation. The residency at CERN in Geneva and Hangar in Barcelona will take place in the summer and autumn of 2021.
In this edition of the Collide Award, the jury has also awarded three honourable mentions to Rosa Barba (Italy, based in Berlin), Tania Candiani (Mexico, based in Mexico City) and Dennis Dizon (Philippines, based in Barcelona). All three will be invited to participate in the Arts at CERN Guest Artist programme, with a short stay at the Lab to investigate ideas that can support their proposals.
The jury involved in the whole deliberation process is composed of:
- Helga Timko, CERN physicist.
- Lluís Nacenta, director of Hangar, Centre de Producció i Recerca d’Arts Visuals.
- Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN.
- Rosa Pera, art critic and head of BAU's Bachelor's Degree in Design.
- Stefanie Hessler, director of Kunsthall Trondheim and curator of Momenta, Biennale de l’Imagen.