From 2 October to 29 November 2015 GAMeC 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.

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