Collide International

Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Institute of Culture have formed an alliance with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to encourage interaction between the arts and sciences through the Collide International programme. As part of the Barcelona Science Plan, this alliance allows combined artistic residence at CERN and at a leading creative factory in Barcelona and involves implementing educational action based on the relationship between science and art. It is therefore a collaboration that will contribute to the success of Collide International in the 2019-2021 period.

The Collide International Award

Collide International is one of the core programmes of Arts at CERN, in collaboration with the Barcelona Institute of Culture, Barcelona City Council and CERN for the 2019-2021 period. The award takes the form of an annual artistic call for applications at CERN in which artists or groups of any nationality and age are invited to present a proposal for an artistic project to be developed as part of a residency, and work alongside and be inspired by 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 (with the collaboration of Ars Electronica) and Liverpool (with the collaboration of FACT).

CMS Detector  at the Large Particles Collider, CERN, Geneva. Courtesy of CERN / Mónica Bello

The Collide International Award seeks to challenge and transform the way in which art and science meet, and how science can influence the creation of new forms of artistic expression. Within this framework, the call for applications for the prize will be held in each year of the alliance, i.e. 2019, 2020 and 2021. The first call, in 2019, ended on 31 May and the selection of the winning person or group by the jury took place on 19 and 20 June.

In each of the calls, the award consists of a three-month residency for a professional person or a group of up to three artists so they can expand their research and innovate. For two months, this residency takes place at CERN itself in Geneva, working in contact with professionals in the field of particle physics, engineering, information technologies and laboratories. The rest of the time is spent at Fabra i Coats, Creation Factory and Center of Contemporoary Arts in Barcelona, where the award-winner can try out new ideas, expand their horizons and connect with local artistic and scientific communities, as well as experience the city's cultural programmes in greater depth.

Artist-in-residence Yunchul Kim and scientist Despina Hatzifotiadou at the ALICE detector, CERN (Geneva)

It is therefore in this second stage in Barcelona that the person or group selected has the opportunity to expand and apply their research through the city's scientific and cultural network. The open, collaborative atmosphere at Fabra i Coats, which has an extensive programme of community projects and exhibitions, offers an excellent environment to reflect and contextualise the 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 appearance of new artistic expressions that go beyond traditional disciplines.

Several honourable mentions are made in addition to the residency award. The people who receive these mentions can enjoy a two-day visit to CERN as guest artists. At least one of the mentions must be for a person or group from Barcelona.

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Rosa Menkman wins the first Collide International Barcelona Award

18 July 2019

The Collide International programme at Sónar+D

08 July 2019