Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Systems Research Group members exhibited their artworks from the collaboration with the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol at White City Place last week.  The works collectively explore how early stage quantum technologies might be employed in individual creative practices.

Nibbles – Documentation of an artwork made by a quantum computer – Dr. Libby Heaney, IED Research Tutor

I made a series of quantum entangled artworks with a four qubit quantum computer, but due to the strange laws of quantum physics these artworks are destroyed when someone looks at them and generally cannot be copied.  ‘Nibbles’ is the documentation of these artworks drawing on research into the connections between quantum systems and meaning.  ‘Nibbles’ is a four screen moving image work, where viewers can experience the entanglement of images and videos across the four screens.  These images and videos follow a spoken narrative that describes the creation and destruction of the previously made quantum entangled artworks and locate the sublime in the microscopic, the cosmological and then similar metaphorical instances in everyday tiny occurrences, entangling scales and times.

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Measured  Matter – Louis Schreyer – Thibaut Evrard – Taeyoung Choi – Marcela Uribe

Measured Matter questions the world of objects and matter configuration by exploring the encounters of quantum computing and architectural space. The piece builds a hybrid virtual-physical space which materiality is under constant flux and interaction with the environment and its users. Using the column as a symbol of what is certain -and as a structure that holds reality by constantly keeping things up- the work illustrates how quantum physics destroys our classical understanding of the world, translating quantum entanglement into altered physical configurations. Using data extracted by measuring entanglement and working with projected visual simulations as emergent patterns, the work explores the phenomenon of emergence between art, space, audience and quantum technologies.

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Measured Matter_Simulation Image

Alice and Bob – Daria Jelonek – Anna Ridler

“Alice and Bob” is an installation of love letters between two photons. The positioning of different letters across three acts follows a quantum computer algorithm and is inspired by the shape of a quantum computer chip.  The letters have been created by the artists taking snippets of quantum science papers – including the names which are repeatedly referenced in articles to with entanglement – which have been repurposed to create the stories of Alice falling in love with Bob, Bob falling in love with Alice, Alice not in love with Bob, Eve falling for Bob and more.  The book is presented alongside a projection of two photons with extracts from the main text.

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Original Simulation – Maria Euler – Ker Siang Yeo

Original Simulations explores the significance of original and copy via the mechanism of quantum teleportation. What does it take for an artwork to be considered an original? What does it imply? This is a complex topic that has been made even more so by digitisation. Mathematical simulations of quantum teleportation principles were used to ‘teleport’ artworks onto their respective forgeries. The outcomes are appropriately exhibited in a virtual gallery, where one can explore and reflect on the implications of quantum technology together with the initial questions we pose on the meaning of originality in art.

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

The Alien Present – Amanda Baum – Rose Leahy – Rob Walker

The alien present is not what it seems. On its surface, strange forms of growth are thriving, whilst inside, a crystalline landscape of quantum greens emerges and disappears. Looking into the source of this garden it collapses. Looking away, it grows wild again.  An orderly stroll in the classical garden becomes a superpositional wander.

The alien present counteracts the monological instrumentalist language used in quantum computing by replacing it with the caring, nurturing practice of gardening.  At once claustrophobic and endlessly expansive, the material articulation reflects the quantum querying.  Despite our inadequacies when dealing with the invisible, ineffable laws of the quantum universe, we ask the alien present, if quantum computing is a field of potentials, how do we garden it?  And whose garden is it anyway?

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

The map is not the territory – Georgia Ward Dyer

This moving image work shows the artist in perpetual motion, reperforming all the gestures used by scientists Dr Jake Kennard and Max Wilson when they were communicating their work to her and to each other in group discussions. Symbolic, deictic, motor, lexical, these different kinds of gestures point at different modes of understanding, or rather point at the struggle for understanding when working at a frontier of science, and questions what is possible and what is meaningful in an art/quantum physics collaboration.

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

Entangled: Art, Science and Quantum Computing. IED students of the Royal College of Art exhibit work in White City, London. 8/06/17

© Carl Bigmore.