Mercedes Benz's Avant/Garde Diaries: Julius von Bismarck — Berlin, Germany

CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research) not only houses the world's biggest particle physics research facility – but also houses an equally-ambitious young artist-in-residence named Julius von Bismarck. Through Mercedes Benz's The Avant/Garde Diaries, von Bismarck takes us through the breath-taking Swiss mountains and forest surrounding CERN while waxing poetic on the inspirations for his art-meets-technology experiments, including his recent piece for CERN, an austere set of overhead lamps undulating like pendulums. As the organization's first artist-in-residence, he conceived the piece, fittingly, as something of a protest and pointed reminder about the unknowability of the human mind.

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