A busy week for Arts@CERN

Last week, Semiconductor – the winners of the Collide@CERN Ars Electronica award for 2015 – and artists Francesco Mariotti and José­-Carlos Mariátegui visited CERN and met the scientists.


Ruth Jarman (left) and Joe Gerhardt (right) of Semiconductor with Peter Jenni, one of the scientists they met during their visit to ATLAS.


Just a few weeks ago, Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, two English artists collaborating under the name Semiconductor, were awarded the Collide@CERN Ars Electronica prize for 2015. Last week, they came on their first visit to CERN to meet the scientists and select their scientific partner in preparation for their residency. They will soon begin a two-month residency at CERN before going to Linz (Austria), where they will spend a month at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. During their residency, the artists aim to create a digital artwork elaborating on the nature of the world and our perception of it, including considering how scientific instruments and particle physics discoveries influence our perception of nature.

On the same days, Swiss artist Francesco Mariotti and Peruvian scientist and writer José-Carlos Mariátegui also came to CERN. They visited the Synchrocyclotron and the Computing Centre and met various scientists. Francesco was continuing his exploration of the possible interactions between electronic and IT devices and the creation of multisensory installations and works.

Both visits were organised by Arts@CERN.

by Antonella Del Rosso