Bill Fontana Wins Prix Ars Electronica Collide

American artist Bill Fontana has been awarded the second Prix Ars Electronica Collide at CERN. The award includes a two-month residency at CERN with a scientific mentor, then a month-long residency at Futurelab at Ars Electronica. The sixty-five-year-old pioneer of sound art stated, “This joint residency presents me with a tremendous learning opportunity, so it was irresistible.” Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars Electronica Linz, said, “We are honored that an artist of Bill Fontana’s reputation and international standing should think of entering the Prix Ars Electronica Collide at CERN. It clearly demonstrates how this experiment in making collisions between arts and science is capturing the zeitgeist and exciting artists from all over the world at every stage of their careers.” The jury also awarded an honorary mention to the Mexican artist Ale de la Puente.