Collide Residency Award results

Following an international open call launched in October last year, Arts at CERN has announced the winner of the Collide residency award.The Polish-Lithuanian duo Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė was selected as the winners of this year’s edition Collide award, both artist will first complete a two-month residency at CERN, followed by one month in Barcelona at the Hangar Centre for Art Research and Production, in connection with the city’s scientific laboratories.

Working together since 2013, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė’s multi-faceted practice navigates between performance, fragrance, installation, sculpture, video, and painting, all of which are rooted in feminist theory and fiction.The artists are deeply inspired by fundamental physics, especially how quantum physics in relation to living organisms exposes the “strangeness” of the world. “We hope that the engagement with quantum physics has the potential to break normative patterns of human behaviour and negotiate new ways of relating to the natural world,” the duo declares. Engaging with concepts from fundamental physics and drawing from Eastern European summoning rituals, their research calls forth speculative worlds and fictions.

During their residency, which is planned for summer 2022, and in dialogue with the scientists and collaborators at CERN and in Barcelona,Gawęda and Kulbokaitė will extend their research and produce a new artwork based on their winning proposal entitled “Gusla” which derives from Polish rural folklore.

Additionally, the jury selected three Honorary Mentions: Indonesian filmmaker Riar Rizaldi, New Zealand-based collective The Observatory Project, and Colombian Maria Paz – Barcelona-based artist. They will be invited to take part in Arts at CERN’s Guest Artists programme – a short stay at the Laboratory to engage with CERN’s research and community to investigate ideas to support their proposals.

A total of 388 project proposals were received from 75 different countries for this edition of Collide. The diversity, reach and quality of the proposals were remarkable and the decision was challenging.

The jury was composed of Mónica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN, Geneva; Valentino Catricalà, Curator of SODA Gallery, Manchester; Lluis Nacenta, Director ofPrivate Foundation AAVC- Hangar for the period 2018-2021, Barcelona; Rosa Pera, independent curator, Barcelona; and Helga Timko, Accelerator Physicist at CERN, Geneva.

Since 2019, the Collide program of Arts at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research), the Barcelona City Council, in the framework of the Barcelona Science Plan, and Hangar, Centre for Art Research and Production, are working together to foster dialogue between art and science at the highest level.

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