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Mónica Bello at FutureLab


November 26, Speaker, 9:00-18:00, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai
November 27, Moderator, 9:00-18:00, Fudan University, Shanghai

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CERN’s Curator and Head of Arts Mónica Bello has been invited to participate in “Art & Education: FutureLab 2019”. The forum at this inaugural FutureLab is organized by Prof. Siegfried Zielinski and will be held at the newly launched West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai. During the course of another two-day research trip, she will pay visits to local art institutions and artist studios.

Mónica Bello

Mónica Bello is a curator and art historian. Over the last 15 years, she has worked to support and stimulate cross-disciplinarian practices and to expose emergent cultural phenomena. She is currently the Curator and Head of Arts at CERN (Geneva) where she leads the research-led artistic residencies and the art commissions resulting from the interaction between artists and physicists and engineers at the laboratory.

She has recently co-curated ‘Quàntica’at the CCCB Barcelona, ‘Broken Symmetries’ at FACT Liverpool, ‘A la Llum de les Idees’ at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, ‘The Invisible Around Us’ at the Touch Me Festival, Zagreb, ‘Vanishing Points’ CENART México. In 2018 she was invited as the Guest Curator of the prestigious Audemars Piguet Art Commission for Art Basel.

As an internationally recognised figure within art and science networks, Bello is a regular speaker at conferences and participates in selection committees (such as Leonardo Education, Art Matters Barcelona, PAX Prize Basel), as well as advisory boards and mentorship programs.

Lecture Topic

Experimental Art Praxis at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics

Currently, we are witnessing a heightened interest in hybrid areas encountered between disciplines. From the lab to the artist studio, from urban space to remote natural scenarios, interactions between artists and scientists are being reconfigured. In this presentation, we will be discussing new approaches to knowledge and experience through dialogues between art and science which are occurring within the laboratory. The novel inquiries and insights that emerge from these exchanges stimulate responses in complex registers to the tropes and languages in particle physics at CERN. We will explore how such experimental art praxis evolve and are developed in order to explore new territories around fundamental research.


Art & Design Education: FutureLab aims at showcasing the cutting-edge trends of teaching and creation in the field of art and design, and revealing the multidimensional and open-ended relation between teaching and learning.

FutureLab consists of three main sections, including exhibitions, on-site workshops and thematic forums, which will form an effective dialogue on the present and future of art and design education.


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