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Make Music Alongside the Large Hadron Collider by Applying for this Artistic Residency

The CERN is bridging the gap between arts and science.

by Benjamin Boles
21 March 2016, 10:00am

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The European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) is currently accepting submissions for its annual COLLIDE International Award, which will give one lucky artist the chance to work with a researcher at the Hadron Collider on a project that bridges the gap between arts and science. This year's award is in collaboration with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), and offers an all-inclusive three-month artist residency at both CERN and FACT's facilities, as well as a prize of 15,000 Swiss francs ($21,500 CAD) to the winning submission.

While the competition isn't restricted to any particular medium, CERN already has a history of innovative collaborative projects with sound artists. Previous COLLIDE winner Bill Fontana's Loud and Underground project created music by acoustically exciting the Large Hadron Collider. The organization has also hosted a Deerhoof performance, and commissioned chamber music based on data from the collider's experiments.

"Our desire is to connect the worlds of leading scientists with international artists through 'creative collisions', encouraging both fields to inspire and challenge each other, and pushing the boundaries of their traditional roles and methodologies," said CERN arts programme head Monica Bello in a statement.

For details about how to apply, go here.

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