Photo: Andrea Rossetti, Libby Heaney, Ent-, Installation view: Schering Stiftung, Berlin, 2022
April 30, 2022, 1–5 p.m.
Please book a free ticket via the LAS website.
On the occasion of this year’s Berlin Gallery Weekend 2022, LAS and futurehain host a panel conversation on quantum futures featuring world-leading experts. This interactive session with the audience will be guided by a collective decision-making prompt on the question of ‘quantum futures’ that is fed by experts and the general public alike.
Quantum technologies are leaping from science labs to industry and society, yet it remains hard to imagine how the forthcoming breakthroughs are going to impact our lives. In order to generate an exploratory and at the same time easily comprehensible conversation about quantum computing, LAS and futurehain are bringing a novel participant-driven format to life.
Titled CASQADES, the interactive 1-hour programme invites participants on-site and online to join in an exploration of possible futures unleashed by quantum technologies. Inspired by the futurist scenario-planning game The Thing from the Future, the collective experimental conversation playfully investigates quantum computing and its cascading effects on various time horizons and areas as well as societal scenarios and points-of-view.
The exhibition Ent- by artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney serves as the departure point and continuous inspiration for the conversation. Artist Libby Heaney will be joined by Freeke Heijman (Quantum Delta NL), Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh / Sorbonne University) and Wolfgang Lechner (ParityQC) for the exploration.
futurehain is an agency for science strategy and engagement. The Berlin-based creative studio is collaborating with the international avant-garde of researchers, decision-makers, thinkers, artists, pioneers and catalysts of change to inspire audiences, create serendipity and stimulate innovation. futurehain is dedicated to expanding the relevance and impact of science by unleashing the wonder and awe inherent in breakthrough discoveries. The agency’s portfolio covers a broad range of national and global research-driven organizations and initiatives in fields ranging from quantum technologies through sustainability to futures literacy and more.
Libby Heaney (b. 1983) is a British artist and lecturer who holds a PhD in Quantum Information Science from the University of Leeds and an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins in London. She has exhibited widely in galleries and institutions in the UK and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Holden Gallery, Manchester (2021); Goethe Institut, London (2019); Emmanuel Church, Loughborough (2021) as part of Radar, Loughborough University’s contemporary art programme; and at Non-Space Gallery, Aarhus (2017) as part of their EU Capital of Culture programming. Group shows include RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2021); Art-AI Festival, Leicester (2021); MUTEK, Montreal (2021); Etopia Center for Art & Technology, Zaragoza (2021); arebyte Gallery, London (online 2020); LUX with Hervisions (online 2020); Tate Modern, London (2016, 2019); ICA, London (2019); V&A, London (2018); Barbican, London (2019); Somerset House, London (2019); Sheffield Documentary Festival (2018); Science Gallery, Dublin ( 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021); Sonar+D, Barcelona with the British Council (2017); Ars Electronica, Linz (2017); CogX, London (2018); and Telefonica Fundacion, Lima with the British Council (2017).
As well as quantum computing, Heaney’s practice also incorporates AI and VR technology, using each of these tools critically to investigate how and who they empower and disempower. Often Heaney’s work subverts the usual uses of these technologies, forcing them to work against themselves to expose their drawbacks and dangers. Inspired by Surrealism and Dadaism, Heaney’s work often incorporates humour and nonsense to investigate subjectivity, truth and perceptions of reality, as well as our seductive relationships with new technologies.
Matyas Kovacs is Co-Founder of Berlin-based science strategy and creative agency futurehain, paving the way for exceptional ideas in ecosystems across science, business, politics and society. He has worked with European Quantum Flagship since its inception in 2016, served as the head of strategy at the Falling Walls Foundation and as ambassador of the XPRIZE Foundation. He is an engaged member and supporter of various innovation-driven communities across the globe.Close
Elham Kashefi is Professor of Quantum Computing at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and CNRS Director of Research at LIP6 Sorbonne University. She is a pioneer in the fields of quantum cloud computing and the transdisciplinary interaction of quantum and classical computing. Her work ranges from theoretical investigation as professor all the way to actual experimental and industrial commercialisation as Co-Founder of VeriQloud, a quantum cryptography start-up. Elham has been awarded several UK, EU and US grants and fellowships for her works in developing applications for quantum computing and communication. She is senior science team leader of the UK’s Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub and member of the executive team of the EU’s Quantum Internet Alliance.
Freeke Heijman is co-founder and director of ecosystem development at Quantum Delta NL, the coordinating body of the Dutch national Quantum Initiative. Freeke graduated at the TU Delft Systems Engineering department in 1999 and started her career at KPN Research. Before she worked at QuTech and the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the field of space and as head of innovation policies. As the national coordinator she has played a leading role in the launch of the European Quantum Flagship initiative under Dutch Presidency of the European Council and the development of the ecosystem of talent, companies and facilities at QuTech. She is professionally skilled in policy management, systems engineering, ICT, international relations, economic policy and people management. Her passion is to drive innovation at the crossroad of academia, business and government. Freeke is married and has three sons.
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