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Collide International Award 2021 call for proposals opened

07 October 2021

Science and art. El certamen, organizado por Arts at CERN, en colaboración con el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona y el Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona, galardona a artistas para realizar una residencia de investigación combinada en Ginebra y Barcelona.

The Collide International Artist-in-Residence Award, organised by the Arts at CERN programme of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN in Geneva), in collaboration with Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Institute of Culture, has today opened its 2021 call for applications. The celebration of the three editions of the Collide prize in Barcelona is part of the Barcelona Science Plan 2020-2023 which, with a transversal vision of the scientific world, also promotes the intersections between art, science and technology. This award invites artists from all over the world to submit proposals for a combined three-month residency at CERN and the Hangar in Barcelona, in order to carry out research and artistic exploration.

Artists with an interest in the dialogue between art and science can apply until November 22nd. The application must include a proposal for the project to be developed during the residency, in which they will work side by side with professionals in particle physics, engineering or information technologies, and laboratory staff.

The selected artist or artistic collective will receive a three-month fully funded residency grant to spend two months at CERN in Geneva and one month in Barcelona, where they will be able to further their research and make contact with the city’s scientific laboratories, while enjoying their stay at Hangar, Barcelona’s Centre for Visual Arts Production and Research.

The Artes at CERN programme focuses on the interactions between art, science and engineering around the extensive culture provided by the laboratory through residency programmes, artistic commissions and exhibitions. The Collide residency programme was created in 2012 to foster networks with international organisations to establish new connections between art and basic science around the world.


Information session

Following last year’s overwhelming response, the Collide Info Day, to be held on November 4th, and will offer applicants the opportunity to receive more information about the residency award and to pose questions to Collide’s scientific and curatorial team, as well as the winners of the last edition, Black Quantum Futurism, a collective formed by two artists based in Philadelphia (USA).


Ten years of Collide

CERN’s Director of International Relations Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle highlights the fact that “in 2021, Arts at CERN celebrates its tenth anniversary. The programme has been very successful and has highlighted the close links between art and science. Collide is an opportunity to promote the importance of basic science through artists offering fresh perspectives on the work being done here at CERN”.

CERN’s Head of Art, Monica Bello, says: “Since 2012, Collide has brought art and science together at CERN in exceptional ways. After such an exceptional time for all of us, I am very happy to be able to invite artists back to the lab and to receive ambitious artistic proposals inspired by physics and basic science”.

The Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education, Science and Community of Barcelona City Council, Jordi Martí, is of the same opinion, considering that “the success of the two previous editions of the Collide Residency Award and its renewal for this third year are a sign of the vitality of the field of art and science throughout the world and also in Barcelona. Projects like Collide contribute to the growth and consolidation of the prolific artistic ecosystem at the intersection of science and technology on an international scale”.