MERU Art*Science Award

I was delighted to be the recipient of the MERU Art*Science Award, III Edition (nominated by Rob La Frenais).  My film, Time You Need,  was exhibited at GAMeC  (Gallery d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) as part of the 13th Bergamo Science Festival.  The work has become part of GAMeC’s permanent collection and entered the archives of the Fondazione Meru and the Association BergamoScienza.​
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MERU Art*Science Award III Edition
Sarah Sparkes: TIME YOU NEED
02.10 – 29.11  2015
GAMeC – Gallery d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Via San Tomaso, 53
24121 Bergamo
Time You Need, explores the potential for consciousness to time-travel within the material limits of the human body. Using the symbolism of the portal and black hole, as they are conceptualised in both science and science fiction, the film presents a montage of narratives and documentation of performances and installations, which together with sonic and visual disruptions, create a liminal experience for the spectator.
The proposition is that one may find, herein, the time one needs.
The science adviser for this project was Pietro Reviglio.  Pietro’s expertise on black holes was invaluable.

For the third edition the jury, composed of Alessandro Medolago – President of Fondazione MERU; Alessandro Bettonagli – Associazione BergamoScienza and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio – Director of GAMeC, examined and appreciated all the projects presented by the candidates because of the quality of their artistic research, but chose the project by Sarah Sparkes – artist proposed by Rob La Frenais, independent curator – because of its visionary potential in investigating the subject of time and temporal “openings”, a topic that is as complex as it is topical in terms of both scientific and artistic research. The aim of this recognition is also to support the artist in experimenting with a language she is not accustomed to using but that can incorporate various aspects of her artistic practice.

Thanks to:  Sooz Belnavis , Café Gallery Projects London, Chelsea School of Art and Design, Rebecca Feiner, Phillip Raymond Goodman, Caroline Gregory, Rob La Frenais, Patrick Morrissey, Dr Pietro M. Reviglio, Anne Robinson, St. John on Bethnal Green, Ian Thompson, Robert Whytehead.

Still from Time You Need, Sarah Sparkes 2015

Still from Time You Need, Sarah Sparkes 2015


The MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD – born in 2013 from the collaboration of GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, the Fondazione MERU and the Associazione BergamoScienza – represents important acknowledgement aimed at underscoring the ties between art and science, awarding and supporting the work of an artist invited to present a project that probes the relationship between these two areas.According to the regulations, participation is strictly by invitation: for each edition, a selected group of artists – proposed by professionals in the field of contemporary art – must present a work that has never been shown before, conceived based on an assigned budget and specific requirements.The competing works must be linked with the mission of the Fondazione MERU – Fondazione Medolago-Ruggeri for biomedical research, a non-profit organization promoting scientific and biomedical research in the field of vascular biology. The foundation, based in Bergamo, promotes research projects with a strong social focus and closely connected with areas such as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that strike us and cause physical, mental and emotional stress.

Invernomuto and Renaud Jerez were the winners of the first and the second edition of MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD.


Along with Sarah Sparkes, the competitors for the third MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD were:

Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, proposed by Hilde de Bruijn – Curator, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté, proposed by Enrico Lunghi – Director, Mudam, Luxembourg
Giorgio Cugno, proposed by Ilaria Bonacossa – Curator, Museo di Villa Croce, Genova
Redmond Entwistle, proposed by George Clark – Assistant Curator, Film Curatorial Department, Tate Modern, London
Elena Mazzi, proposed by Benjamin Weil – Artistic Director, Centro Botín, Santander

Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm / Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm
Monday closed

Admission ticket – MALEVIČ exhibition
Full: € 12,00 / Reduced: € 10,00
Free entrance to the single exhibition of MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD, during BergamoScienza Festival.