The laureate for the COLLIDE International Award was announced yesterday as Kunchul Kim, with two honorary mentions to the Mexican conceptual artist Julieta Aranda and British artist, James Bridle.

Now in it’s fifth year, COLLIDE is a major arts and science residency programme, which runs between CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and an international party. The award is used as a platform which specialises in helping new artists with their work, specifically those who want to challenge the relationship between art and science, and how it’s understood.

The South Korean born Yunchal Kim was selected from a mammoth 904 entries by an eclectic panel of European jury members, they explained that the reason why Yumchul Kim was named as the winner.

“The sculptural nature of the work creates uncanny experiences, which challenges our understanding of the world as both analytic and embodied. He possesses an outstanding ability to explore the gap between the experiential and conceptual as he examines the artistic potential of fluid dynamics and metamaterials.”

The benefit of the award gives a one month residency in Liverpool’s FACT and another two months in Geneva’s CERN which allows him to develop his ideas, immersing himself in the research, joining 14,000 scientists at the worlds leading particle physics laboratory. A monetary prize of CHF 15,000 is also supplied.

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FLARE_EXPERIMENT from Yunchul Kim on Vimeo.

During his residency at CERN he aims to develop his project  ‘Cascade’ which looks at the possibility of ‘controlling the propagation of light through colloidal suspensions of photonic crystals.’

Yunchul Kims previous projects include FLARE < EXPERIMENT and EFFLUGE. his body work, as explained by the director of FACT Professor Mike Stubbs explains the artist as  “philosophically driven embodiment of art and technical knowledge”

The news was also released that enough funding was accrued for an additional exhibition for the artist. Which will be presented in FACT in a proposed date for late 2018, where it will the be shipped off to CCCB, in Barcelona.

Joseph Giess