2 October 2015 - 10:00am to 29 November 2015 - 7:00pm


GAMeC, 2 October – 29 November 2015

Saturday 3 October 2015, 12 pm
Award Ceremony

Spazio ParolaImmagine

From 2 October to 29 November 2015 GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo is pleased to present TIME YOU NEED by Sarah Sparkes, the winning project of the third MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD, promoted in collaboration with the Fondazione MERU/Medolago-Ruggeri for biomedical research and the Associazione BergamoScienza to reward and support the work of an artist and aimed at underscoring the bond between art and science.

For the third edition the jury, composed of Alessandro Medolago - President of Fondazione MERU; Alessandro Bettonagli - Associazione BergamoScienza and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio - Director of GAMeC, examined and appreciated all the projects presented by the candidates because of the quality of their artistic research, but chose the project by Sarah Sparkes – artist proposed by Rob La Frenais, independent curator – because of its visionary potential in investigating the subject of time and temporal “openings”, a topic that is as complex as it is topical in terms of both scientific and artistic research. The aim of this recognition is also to support the artist in experimenting with a language she is not accustomed to using but that can incorporate various aspects of her artistic practice.

Time You Need explores the potential for consciousness to time-travel within the material limits of the human body. Using the symbolism of portals and black holes, as they are conceptualized in both science and science fiction, the film presents a montage of narratives and documentation of performances and installations, which together with sonic and visual disruptions, create a liminal experience for the spectator. The idea is that, here, each of us can find the time we need.

The project is part of the programming of the 13th BergamoScienza, one of the most important international science festivals, scheduled this year from 2 to 18 October (

The work will enter GAMeC’s Permanent Collection and the archives of the Fondazione MERU and the Associazione BergamoScienza.


Biographical notes

Sarah Sparkes is an artist and curator. She runs the visual arts and research project GHost and has published chapters on and regularly lectures about this subject. She has exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies. She is primarily concerned with concepts of immateriality and how this might be visualized. Her work often interrogates the presence of magic in the domestic and everyday, both as supernatural force and as legerdemain, and is an investigation into the belief systems and material symbols we adopt to mediate with the unknowable.


The MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD – born in 2013 from the collaboration of GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, the Fondazione MERU and the Associazione BergamoScienza – represents important acknowledgement aimed at underscoring the ties between art and science, awarding and supporting the work of an artist invited to present a project that probes the relationship between these two areas.

According to the regulations, participation is strictly by invitation: for each edition, a selected group of artists – proposed by professionals in the field of contemporary art – must present a work that has never been shown before, conceived based on an assigned budget and specific requirements.

The competing works must be linked with the mission of the Fondazione MERU – Fondazione Medolago-Ruggeri for biomedical research, a non-profit organization promoting scientific and biomedical research in the field of vascular biology. The foundation, based in Bergamo, promotes research projects with a strong social focus and closely connected with areas such as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that strike us and cause physical, mental and emotional stress.

Invernomuto and Renaud Jerez were the winners of the first and the second edition of MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD.


Along with Sarah Sparkes, the competitors for the third MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD were:

Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, proposed by Hilde de Bruijn – Curator, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté, proposed by Enrico Lunghi – Director, Mudam, Luxembourg
Giorgio Cugno, proposed by Ilaria Bonacossa – Curator, Museo di Villa Croce, Genova
Redmond Entwistle, proposed by George Clark – Assistant Curator, Film Curatorial Department, Tate Modern, London
Elena Mazzi, proposed by Benjamin Weil – Artistic Director, Centro Botín, Santander

Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm / Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm
Monday closed

Admission ticket – MALEVIČ exhibition
Full: € 12,00 / Reduced: € 10,00
Free entrance to the single exhibition of MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD, during BergamoScienza Festival.