Photo: Andrea Rossetti, Libby Heaney, Ent-, Installation view: Schering Stiftung, Berlin, 2022
Inside the artwork Ent- that Libby Heaney built based on quantum-coding, the artist is joined live by independent cultural producer, curator and writer Ariane Koek and quantum physicist Anna Pappa to discuss the future of quantum computing, its applications and how it impacts the cultural field.
Moderated by LAS’s Head of Programmes Amira Gad, the panellists explore what metaphorical resonance and disparities can be uncovered when quantum principles are applied to our imagination, and how ‘thinking quantum’ can shape the future of science and art alike.
Panel Talk with Libby Heaney, Ariane Koek and Anna PappaVisit the media library
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
Musician Nabihah Iqbal and visual artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney perform live in the immersive installation Ent-.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.
Anna Pappa is a DFG Emmy Noether Junior Group Leader at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the Berlin Institute of Technology. Her field of research is quantum communication, computation, and cryptography. Her research aims to bridge the gap between theory and experiments in order to maximally exploit the full potential of quantum information processing. She has worked extensively on delegated quantum computation, verification of quantum resources, and quantum network routing as necessary processes for wide-scale quantum computation and is actively involved in the industrial application and exploitation of quantum technologies.
Apart from the 6-year DFG Emmy Noether grant, Anna Pappa has received several other grants, including two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship, Anita Borg Google fellowship, and recently a Hector Research Career Development Award. She is also a principal investigator at the Einstein Research Unit for Quantum Technologies and a scientific collaborator of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).
Ariane Koek is a British independent producer, curator, and writer recognised internationally for her transdisciplinary work in arts, science, technology, and creating new residency programmes. Often cited as a world leader in the field of arts and science, Ariane Koek is best known for initiating and being the founder of Arts at CERN – the first officially organised international arts programme by the world's leading particle physics laboratory in Geneva (Switzerland). During her time at CERN, she worked with over 78 artists, including the fashion designer Iris van Herpen, Anselm Kiefer, the digital artist and musician Ryoji Ikeda, and Julius von Bismarck. Since 2015, she has worked independently as a consultant, producer, curator, writer, and on various cultural projects with international organisations including the Exploratorium in San Francisco (USA). In 2021, she was one of the invited Creative Directors of the official Italian virtual pavillon, CityX Venice, at the Venice Biennale for Architecture. She has also been closely advising the Cavendish Arts Science Programme at Cambridge University, for which she is a Creative Partner.Close
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