MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD, IV EDIZIONE - JOL THOMSON – G24|0vßß

7 October 2016 - 10:00am to 13 November 2016 - 7:00pm


Opening: Thursday, 6 October, 7 p.m. 
   
Friday, 7 October 2016, 8:30 p.m. 
Awards Ceremony   
University of Bergamo – Aula Magna di Sant'Agostino 
 
From 7 October to 13 November 2016 GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo is pleased to present G24/0vßß by Jol Thomson, the winning project of the fourth 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. 
 
The experimental audiovisual work G24/0vßß is the result of a close collaboration between the artist and the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Abruzzo, one of the most important natural sites worldwide, where the CUORE experiment is ongoing with the purpose of establishing – by researching a theoretical process called “double beta decay without neutrino emissions” (0vßß) – if the neutrino and its antiparticle coincide, giving key information on the value of the neutrino mass itself, which is still unknown.  

By developing a new narrative technique inspired by the concept of diffraction, the video creates a dialogue between art and science in order to clarify the creative processes underlying both disciplines and the foundations of shared research investigating unknown territories, engaging the intangible, the non-human and the non-optical.  

G24/0vßß shows some sensitivity to the world – both conceptual and physical – opening up new forms and ways of being, knowing and acting, to new ways of thinking and involving, through a series of aphorisms about the topics examined in it, including post-humanism, the history of the philosophy of science, and new observation methods suggested by neutrino physics and the physics of dark matter. 
 
The project is part of the programming of the 14th BergamoScienza, one of the most important international science festivals, scheduled this year from 1 to 16 October. 
 
The Awards Ceremony will take place on 7 October 2016, at 8:30 p.m., at the University of Bergamo – Aula Magna di Sant'Agostino

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

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THE AWARD
 
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 MERU/Medolago--Ruggeri Foundation for biomedical research, a non-profit organization promoting scientific and biomedical research in the field of vascular biology. The foundation, based in Bergamo, pursues scientific research aims of particular social interest, in connection with specialized topics concerning the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pathologies that affect human beings causing physical, psychological or emotional suffering. 
   
The previous editions of MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD have been won by Invernomuto, Renaud Jerez and Sarah Sparkes
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Jol Thomson’s project has been chosen by a jury composed of: 
 
Alessandro Medolago, President of Fondazione MERU
Anna Daneri, Fondazione MERU
Alessandro Bettonagli, Associazione BergamoScienza
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Director of GAMeC
Stefano Raimondi, Curator of GAMeC 
 
because of its ability to investigates the imperceptible, intangible and entangled worlds announced and made explicit through technologies and practices in neutrino physics.  
   
Along with Jol Thomson (selected by the artist Tomás Saraceno), the competitors for the fourth MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD were: 
 
Julien Discrit, selected by Florence Derieux – Curator of American Art at the Centre Pompidou Foundation
Gertrūda Gilytė e Justina Jokūbaitytė, selected by Deimantas Narkevicious – Artist
Sonia Leimer, selected by Letizia Ragaglia – Director of MUSEION – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Bolzano
Emily Wardill, selected by Margarida Mendes – Curator 
   
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7 OCTOBER – 13 NOVEMBER 2016   
MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD, 4TH EDITION   
JOL THOMSON 

G24/Ovββ

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