Geneva, 12 March 2012. Creative collisions have begun at CERN1 with the arrival of Julius von Bismarck as the laboratory’s first Collide @ CERN artist in residence. A rising star of the international arts scene, von Bismarck will team up with theoretical physicist James Wells as he works alongside the lab’s engineers and scientists for the next two months before moving to the Ars Electronica Centre2 in Linz, Austria for the second part of his residency. Von Bismarck and Wells will give a public presentation in CERN’s Globe of Science and Innovation on 21 March. Doors open at 6.45pm.
“Particle physics and the arts are natural partners, both explore our place in the universe and both examine what it is to be human,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “We are delighted to welcome Julius von Bismarck as our first artist in residence and we look forward to his creative interrogations and interactions with our science.”
Julius von Bismarck is the winner of the first Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN3 residency award, which attracted close to 400 entries from 40 countries around the world. He was given the award by an international jury for “his proposal and work, which manipulates and criticises our notions of reality in unpredictable ways, often with inventive use of video, objects and public interventions”. His works are also characterised by his fascination with complex philosophical and scientific ideas.
“Putting an artist in a place where thousands of scientists are looking for things that nature has never exhibited before is very exciting and, of course, I wanted to be that artist,” said von Bismarck. “I am fascinated by making things perceivable which were never perceived before, and CERN is potentially a goldmine for unperceivable or even unimaginable things.”