The Sounds of Physics – Bill Fontana’s Residency at CERN


The 2013 winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN competition, the american sound sculptor Bill Fontana, began the first part of his residency at CERN this July 2013. Having been inspired by his 3 day induction visit in February, when he recorded sounds all around the Large Hadron Collider whilst it was running, he wanted to get down to work immediately. So a visit down into the LHC was a top priority – and you will see over the next few weeks what transpired down there. You may very well be surprised. It is just the beginning of a massive global project.

What will follow every Monday for the next 4 weeks is a video blog made during Bill’s first month of residency at CERN by Bill Fontana’s son, Michael, in which he interviewed both his father and Bill’s specially selected inspiration partner, CERN cosmologist Subodh Patil. This is one of the most important factors of the residency –  the matching of the artist with an  CERN scientist who can mutually inspire  and challenge each other. This is done by the creator and director of the Collide@CERN programme, Ariane Koek, who is an experienced producer who has worked throughout her career across arts and science.

Watch out for the Monday postings, which will give you an insight into part of the creative journey at CERN  in July between Bill Fontana and Subodh Patil. These video blogs will also be accompanied by photographs taken by Michael Fontana and Julian Calo, coordinator of the Collide@CERN programme, to give you extra insights. You can also follow what is happening on the programme on the Collide@CERN facebook page and the ArtsAtCern twitter feed.

In addition, you will be able to meet in person the team associated with the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN residency award at TOTAL RECALL – The Evolution of Memory, and also see – and hear –  some of Bill Fontana’s work  generated at CERN throughout the five days during the Big Concertnight.