Submission deadline: 07-12-2020

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The arts programme at CERN – the world’s largest particle physics laboratory – fosters experimentation through the arts in connection with fundamental research. The focus of Arts at CERN is interactions and dialogues between artists and scientists within the Laboratory, understanding the CERN community as global and transnational. Programmes have been running in collaboration with leading cultural institutions and governmental organisations, both locally and globally, which all have a common vision of art and science engagement.
About the residency:
Collide is an annual competition that invites artists over 18 years old and of any nationality to apply with a proposal for a research-led residency in both locations: at CERN, Geneva, and at various laboratories and research centres in Barcelona, while based at the Hangar Centre for Art Research and Production. The programme is targeted at artists with a distinct interest in a transdisciplinary approach, a strong motivation for scientific thinking and an interest in fundamental science. The focuses of the residencies is to invite artists into the Laboratory to think, discuss, be informed and inspired, and comprehend the challenges of fundamental research and the big questions that inform physics today.  Direct interactions with scientists are fundamental to this process.
Artists interested in applying to Collide are invited to submit a project proposal that combines research and production. The scope of this proposal will include a research period at CERN and a second developmental phase in Barcelona, where the artists will have the opportunity to expand their research and test its applications through Barcelona’s scientific and cultural network, as well as to engage with a wide range of communities. 
The Collide Call for Entries encourages the participation of artists interested in the ideas described above, who comply with any of the following criteria:
  • Artists interested in the cultural significance of fundamental research and scientific knowledge.
  • Artists interested in the processes of fundamental science and particle physics who are able to extrapolate this understanding into art projects of artistic excellence.
  • Artists pushing the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields and asking innovative and provocative questions in this respect.
  • Artists interested in the community-driven Hangar Centre for Art Research and Production and in its interaction with the urban area and its social fabric.
Residency conditions:
Collide grants one artist or a collective a fully funded residency at CERN, Geneva and in Barcelona. The artist will spend two months at CERN, Geneva, followed by a one-month stay in Barcelona (not necessarily consecutively). The exact timing of the residency will be defined after the announcement but it will occur during 2021. The final dates will be discussed individually with the teams of Arts at CERN and the Institut de Cultura and Hangar in Barcelona. In the event that an artistic collective is the recipient of the residency award, the budget will be split between the members.
The award includes the following support and conditions:
  • 15 000 Swiss Francs as a research and artistic production award.
  • Personal allowance for two months at CERN, Geneva, and one month in Barcelona.
  • Travel costs and accommodation within a fixed budget for the three months of the artistic residency at CERN and in Barcelona.
Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a residency model that will combine an on-site residency (in CERN or in Barcelona) with online exchanges might be adopted.