The Music of Physics - Third open competition, Collide@CERN Geneva 2014 award announced

Geneva, 26 November 2013. CERN1, the City and The Republic and Canton of Geneva announce today the 2014 open competition for the Collide @ CERN Geneva artist in residency award2. The form of art for 2014 will be music, which has a special affinity with physics.

“Many physicists at CERN are also musicians, because patterns and abstraction are two qualities which are common in both disciplines,” said Director General Rolf Heuer, “So it is with particular pleasure that we welcome this new call and look forward to the results of this cross-fertilisation.”

The open call targets all creators of contemporary music, which also includes jazz, electro, acoustic and electronic music composition.

The Collide @ CERN Geneva award is a 3-month funded residency at CERN, for fundamental research and development between the arts and science. The competition is funded by The City and Canton of Geneva, and it is open to music creators who were born, live or work in Geneva.

The winning artist of the award will be given an office at the CERN Meyrin site and will be matched with a CERN scientific "inspiration partner" with whom he/she will explore new ways of understanding the worlds of music and particle physics.

“One of the hallmarks of the residency as shown by past winners like the choreographer Gilles Jobin and the film maker Jan Peters are the interventions in the laboratory,“ says Ariane Koek, CERN Cultural Specialist. “So we will be particularly looking for entries which really show a clear wish to engage with the musical talent at CERN to take us to new dimensions of creativity and interdisciplinarity.”

At the start and end of the residency period, the artist will also give a joint public lecture with his/her science inspiration partner at the Globe of Science and Innovation.

Details of how to apply and the rules are on these websites:
Ville de Genève
République et Canton de Genève

Entries close 24 February 2014.

There will be also the opportunity for composers entering the competition to visit CERN in February two weeks before the deadline. If artists wish to register for this, they must send an email to


Ariane Koek,
Cultural specialist, CERN

Geneviève Bridel, 
Chargée d'information et communication 

Service cantonal de la culture - DIP 
République et canton de Genève
T +41 22 546 66 68 / +41 79 774 40 48

Veronique Lombard Cheffe de Service
Département de la culture et du sport, Ville de Genève
T+41 22 418 65 55

Further information:

Collide@CERN website



1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. Its headquarters are in Geneva. Its Member States are currently: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania has the status of Candidate for Accession. Israel and Serbia are Associate Member States in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status.

2. Collide @ CERN-Geneva is the second strand of the three-year Collide @ CERN Artists Residency programme initiated by CERN in 2011. The Geneva award is jointly funded by the Canton and City of Geneva and is open to artists who were born, live or work in the Geneva area. It is conceived of as a celebration of Geneva's unique role in the creation of CERN in 1952, and highlights Geneva's role in both the arts and science. The award comprises a three-month residency based at the laboratory, with 15,000CHF stipend to the artist and 15,000CHF in development costs. All artists’ insurances are exclusively sponsored by UNIQA SA.

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