In March 2012 Gilles Jobin was awarded the first Collide@CERN-Geneva prize in Dance and Performance for his proposal to explore through interventions and dance the relationship between mind and body at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.
Collide@CERN explores elements even more elusive than the Higgs Boson – human ingenuity, creativity and imagination. It is CERN’s new experiment in arts and science : a 3-year artist’s residency programme initiated by the laboratory in 2011 designed to take artistic work to new creative dimensions by encountering particle physics.
Every year, artists compete to win Collide@CERN awards which comprise prize money and a fully funded residency for up to 3 months at CERN. The winning artists are matched with a special science inspiration partner, give public lectures at the Globe of Science and Innovation, and interact and engage with CERN scientists by making interventions in the laboratory.
There are two Collide@CERN awards every year. The first is in digital arts and the annual competition is held with CERN’s cultural partners, the digital arts organisation, Ars Electronica, Linz. The first award was made to the rising star of the contemporary art world, the german artists Julius von Bismarck. The second strand is Collide@CERN Geneva - given to Gilles Jobin as the very first Geneva laureate - which celebrates Geneva as an important place for both the arts and science - past, present and future as well as Geneva’s unique role in the founding of CERN in the 1950s. The award marks CERN’s 3 years cultural partnership between the City and Canton of Geneva who fund the award, and every year changes art forms.
Some of the greatest artists working today are creative patrons of the Collide@CERN project : Swiss architect Jacques Herzog, Japanese artist Mariko Mori, German photographer Andreas Gursky, British sculptor Antony Gormley, wildlife artist Frans Lanting, and Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.
Collide@CERN is one of the main strategies of another CERN first – its Cultural Policy for Engaging with the Arts : Great Arts for Great Science, adopted in 2010.