Arts at CERN announces winners of artist-in-residence awards and guest artists for 2020

(From left) Yann Marussich, winner of Collide Geneva (Dance) award, and Erich Berger, winner of Accelerate Finland
Yann Marussich during a performance of Le Festin du Béton (IMAGE: Yann Marussich) and Erich Berger while conducting fieldwork (IMAGE: Liisa Luohela)
(Image: CERN)

GENEVA. The recipients of the Arts at CERN artistic residency awards, Collide Geneva and Accelerate Finland, are Yann Marussich and Erich Berger, respectively. Both artists will be invited to spend time at CERN next year and to engage in dialogue with physicists, engineers, IT professionals and staff of the Laboratory in order to further their artistic explorations.

“We are delighted to announce the names of the winning artists and look forward to welcoming them to the Laboratory. It is a pleasure to be able to provide a platform where an artist can interact with and be part of the research we do at CERN through their artistic methodologies,” says Monica Bello, head of Arts at CERN.

Collide Geneva and Accelerate Finland are both Arts at CERN programmes set up to create networks with local, regional and international organisations in order to engage in the arts and sciences together. This is the fifth Collide Geneva artist-in-residence award made possible by partnership between Arts at CERN, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva. This year the award has been dedicated to dance. Yann Marussich’s proposal, ‘D’Air’, was selected for its intention to develop a levitation device that he and the music collective L’Ensemble Batida could use to perform the resulting work from his three-month residency.

Accelerate Finland, organised in partnership with the curatorial platform Capsula (art-science-nature) and with the support of Saastamoinen Foundation, is a country-focused programme set up to foster exchanges between the arts and sciences in different countries. The residency lasts for a month, during which period Erich Berger will develop his winning project proposal, ‘Spectral Landscapes’. His aim is to research naturally occurring radioactive processes produced in a landscape and how they can be captured by detection techniques. In this project, he will use the landscape of Sápmi in the northern sub-Arctic part of Finland as the setting to observe the changes in the territory over time and to find ways through which to experience them.

Also in 2020, the Guest Artist programme, which invites artists for short visits to CERN to explore ideas related to art and science, will host nine international artists: Rosa Barba (Italy), Ben Frost (Australia), Mathilde Lavenne (France), Armin Linke (Italy) and Daniel Moreno (Spain), as well as the Collide International Honorary Mentions, Samoa Remy (Switzerland), Gabriella Torres-Ferrer (Puerto Rico), Addie Wagenknecht (USA) and Nathan Witt (United Kingdom).

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