What are quantum computers and how do they depend on quantum physics? Why are corporations and governments interested in quantum computing? What can quantum science teach us about the way we make sense of our world? In what way can the discipline impact how we tell stories, build meaning, and create art?

In this lecture, Libby Heaney, an artist, researcher and physicist based in London, will give an insight into the basic elements of quantum computing, and look at the exciting and challenging effects these developments may have for the future of making art. Her talk is followed by discussions with philosopher Prof. Jenann Ismael and quantum scientist Prof. Vlatko Vedral. Together, they will explore the impact quantum physics can have on our day-to-day-reality when transposed from the microscopic to the macro world. Heaney’s multifaceted practice connects quantum physics, machine learning, and our environment. Her work spans performances, Virtual Reality installations, and participatory experiences, making use of new technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Through questioning the machine’s forms of categorisation, Heaney explores ways to expand technology beyond its predominant purpose. This talk delves into the core subject-matters of a new work being developed by the artist, commissioned by Light Art Space (LAS), for which Heaney uses IBM’s cloud-based Q System One quantum computers. By following the main tenets of quantum science, art gains the tools to rupture causality. It also creates a space where entities – human, non-humans, machines – relate, interfere and entangle.

Live Stream Event: 05 Nov 2020

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