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International Arts Development at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory (Geneva)

 

Ariane Koek (UK) leads the International Arts at CERN - the world's largest particle physics laboratory based outside Geneva, in Switzerland since Spring 2010.

 

International Arts Development at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory (Geneva)

 

Ariane Koek (UK) leads the International Arts at CERN - the world's largest particle physics laboratory based outside Geneva, in Switzerland since Spring 2010.

She created and initiated the laboratory's first arts policy, which includes the annual Collide@CERN artists residency programme announced at last year's Ars Electronica Festival, Linz. It was the first time that CERN had collaborated for the with a major international arts festival, and marks the 3 year cultural partnership between CERN and Ars Electronica, working together on the annual Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN international competition for a digital artist to win a two month residency at the laboratory and one month at Linz.

Prior to CERN, Ariane was Director of the Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing, and had an award-winning career as a BBC producer and director in both radio and television, working across arts, science and politics.  In 2009 she won the prestigious Clore Fellowship - an international leadership award for her work in culture. As part of the award, she initiated coming to CERN and has been there ever since.

Ariane also works as a creative producer, curator, writer and arts journalist, has been broadcast on the BBC and published in various international publications,

Her field of expertise is across the arts and the history of ideas, including science and philosophy. She lectures widely internationally about the art/science nexus, including later this September at ISEA 2012, is involved in many European consultations on culture, and chairs international conferences. Her career and work is dedicated to her  fundamental belief in the power of the imagination and self-expression to generate change and innovation beyond paradigms.

Ariane is on the advisory boards of various organisations which cross boundaries and make things happen in extraordinary ways. The arts/science festival, Pestival who were winners of the Observer ethical award 2010; You Make It - the innovative designer/maker initiative for unemployed women in the inner city of London in the UK; and the artist-led radio station Resonance FM.

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