European Spallation Source is a large-scale international research facility being built on the outskirts of Lund. When complete it will include the world’s most powerful linear accelerator that fires high energy particles at a rotating target, which then releases neutrons. These neutrons will be used like the light in a giant microscope by researchers from many different areas, to look deep inside materials, down to the atomic level where they can see where the atoms are and what they are doing.
While ESS is still under construction, it is opening up a space for creative conversation at the vanguard of research that will address some of the most critical societal problems of our time. Conversations that probe the many-faceted challenges we face in the contexts of climate, biodiversity, planetary health, bioplastics and renewable energy, while investigating the place of the human within these micro-macrocosms. Each artist will undertake their own journey through unfathomable speeds in a near-speed-of-light accelerator – visualising real time chemical processes; the other worlds of nanotechnology and molecular biology; illuminating on the seismic amount of data to be captured and released, and the irrationalities of quantum computing. A small step into the unknown, imagining almost invisible futures of lives yet to be lived and feelings yet to be felt.
Each artist selected by the jury will be invited to have conversations with engineers and scientists working at ESS. Artists can bring their own questions, ideas and projects but the residency is also open to pure exploration.
The residency will be held remotely online but if travel restrictions allow then the artist spaces at Inter Arts Center will be available for set times. Inter Arts Center can assist artists in developing their ideas or generating new questions, but the idea is to strike a good balance of direction for both artist and scientist. There will be one internal group meeting at the midpoint for sharing thoughts and ideas.
The public will be invited to observe and take part in the process through an open panel/presentation at the later stages of the residency – or documentation of the process in a way that the artists and scientists see fit. There is also opportunity to exhibit work or hold an event both at Malmö Museum’s new visualisation centre, and at Inter Arts Center – however there is no commitment for works under the residency time.
Activities will take place June – November 2021, with an artist fee of 2000 EUR.