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Black Quantum Futurism wins Collide 2020 award

16 February 2021

Science and art. The collective will carry out a three-month artistic residency in 2021 at CERN and Barcelona.

Black Quantum Futurism is the name of the two artists based in Philadelphia (United States) that won the Collide international artist residency prize, announced in October last year, in which 564 project proposals from 79 different countries were submitted, presenting a remarkable diversity and quality of entries.

Since 2019, the arts programme of the Arts at CERN Lab, Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Institute of Culture have been working together to foster dialogue between art and science at the highest level. Within this unique collaborative framework, which has a planned duration of three years (2019-2021), arises the international prize Collide.

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 jury for this second edition of the prize was formed by Monica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN, Stefanie Hessler, director of the Kunsthalle Trondheim, Lluís Nacenta, director of Hangar, Rosa Pera, independent curator, and Helga Timko, accelerator physicist at CERN.


Residency in Geneva and Barcelona

The residency is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2021. Its aim is to invite artists to think, debate, get informed and inspired, and to understand the challenges of fundamental research and the big questions of physics today. Within this framework and thanks to the prize, the winners will first carry out a two-month residency at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory located in Geneva, and one month in Barcelona, at the Hangar Centro de Producción e Investigación de Artes Visuales, where they will also be in contact with the city’s scientific laboratories during their stay.

Specifically, 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. In physics, CPT symmetry stands for charge symmetry, parity and time reversal. “The project seeks to understand the ways in which quantum physics can influence the way people think, experience and measure time in everyday reality, exploring the possibilities that quantum physics offers beyond the limitations of traditional, linear notions of time,” the artists explain.

In Barcelona they will be able to further their research through dialogue with Hangar, research centres and universities, and will be able to engage with a wide range of cultural and scientific communities in the city.


Honourable Mentions

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.


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