Arts and Science meet as FACT and CERN announce collaboration for third year running

Credit Cloud Chamber. Courtesy of Sophia Bennett and CERN

Arts and Science Meet as FACT Liverpool and CERN Geneva Announce International Collaboration for Third Year Running 

Liverpool’s leading media arts centre, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), continues its partnership with CERN, the renowned European Organisation for Nuclear Research, to announce the third Collide International award.

Collide is an ambitious artist residency programme, created to challenge and transform how science can influence new ways of artistic expression.  The 2018 winning artist will gain a highly regarded opportunity to spend time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, in a fully funded residency, spending the first two months at CERN, Geneva, followed by a one-month stay at FACT.

FACT Director, Mike Stubbs, says: “As Liverpool celebrates a decade of being a culture capital and we mark 15 years since opening our doors in the city, our partnership with the ‘science capital’, is itself a social experiment and engineering endeavour of enormous scale.  For the third year running we come together with CERN to give one artist a once in a lifetime chance to explore, research, question and create. We bring art, technology and people together in a think-can-do-tank of immense possibilities between CERN and FACT”.

As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN sees the world’s leading physicists and engineers investigate the fundamental mysteries of our universe.  After the time at CERN, the open and collaborative atmosphere at FACT with its wide ranging programme of exhibitions and participant-led art projects, will offer the artist an excellent setting to reflect on, and contextualise his/her work. As a centre for research and innovation, FACT works with partners across the cultural sector, health, and higher education, such as University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.

ScANNER (Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research) is Collide International’s new production scheme, conceived to support the production and presentation of the projects developed during the residency. Arts at CERN and FACT have, to this effect, brought together a cohort of European cultural organisations, including founding members CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona); iMAL (Interactive Media Art Laboratory, Brussels); and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes.

Supported by ScANNER, this three-year FACT and Arts at CERN partnership will culminate in a major exhibition opening at FACT in November 2018 to showcase artworks from, among other, the 2018 winner and two previous Collide award Winners Yunchul Kim (2016) and studio hrm199 led by Haroon Mirza (2017).  The exhibition will then tour all ScANNER member venues throughout 2019 and 2020.

Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle, CERN Director for International Relations, says. “Collide has become an influential platform that enriches the cultural dynamics of the laboratory; it brings together science and art to inspire each other in new creative forms that help to enhance our understanding of the world around us in new ways”.

“The primary objective of Collide is to open extraordinary opportunities for dialogue and exchange between artists and scientists, and to encourage significant connections between both creative minds”, agreesMónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN.

Guidelines for the international open call have now been released, and applications will be accepted until 15 February 2018.