Nabiha Iqbal/Libby Heaney
Photo: Tom Gibbs/Pal Hansen
April 28, 2022, 7–11 p.m.
Performances at 7 pm and 8 pm.
Please book a ticket through the LAS website.
Musician Nabihah Iqbal and visual artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney perform live in the immersive installation Ent-, a LAS commission on view at Schering Stiftung until 1 May 2022. Heaney and Iqbal are frequent collaborators, with the artwork’s soundscape composed by the latter.
Both artists navigate through sound and image to offer audiences a dynamic insight and experience into Heaney’s artwork that investigates the potentials of future quantum technologies. As a continuation of their previous collaborations and explorations into the relationship between artificial intelligence, quantum technology and sound, the performance features Heaney navigating live the generative quantum world of her artwork in dialogue with Iqbal’s live music.
Titled CASQADES, the interactive one-hour programme invites participants on-site and online to join in an exploration of possible futures unleashed by quantum technologies.Learn more
How can ‘thinking quantum’ shape the future of science and art?Learn 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.
Nabihah Iqbal is a musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster from London. She is currently an artist-in-residence at London’s iconic cultural institution, Somerset House, where she is writing and recording her second album. She has toured extensively around the world, both as a live act and as a DJ. Performance highlights include the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, K11 Art Institute in Shanghai, MoMA PS1 in New York, Synthposium in Moscow, Glastonbury Festival, Boiler Room, and Bestival. Frequently taking on interdisciplinary projects, Iqbal has received several commissions from other corners of the arts: she has collaborated with Chinese artist Zhang Ding, been commissioned by Tate to compose music for the Turner Prize, collaborated with Wolfgang Tillmans as part of his Tate Modern exhibition and was recently involved in a group performance at the Barbican as part of its major Basquiat retrospective. Iqbal has also been engaging with music from an academic perspective by giving lectures and participating in a number of discussions, including at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the Royal College of Art and the London Documentary Film Festival.
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