A series of live programming around Libby Heaney's new commission Ent-

with artists, musicians, key leaders from the world of quantum

On the occasion of Libby Heaney's solo exhibition Ent-, LAS and the Schering Stiftung join forces to present a series of talks and live events to take place in the closing month of the show.

Through a variety of formats, the programme brings together voices from the fields of art and science, and tackles the complexities of future quantum technologies. By fostering interdisciplinary bridges, the events further Heaney’s ambition to build a collective understanding of the potentials of the quantum age.

Events

0, 1, … Quantum Leap: Fundamentals and future perspectives of quantum technology


Lecture by Dr Markus Krutzik and Q&A with Dr Katja Naie
Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6.30–8.30 pm
Location: Schering Stiftung, Berlin
Language: German
Free


The advent of quantum technology is considered to be a technological revolution and promises to significantly change the future. The technologies that comprise this sphere are still at the research stage, but used correctly there is the potential to establish new markets or address existing markets with improved applications. The global scientific community widely agrees that quantum technologies are the core future technology of the 21st century, while similarly the German government considers them key technologies. The hope that quantum technologies will initiate a paradigm shift in many industries is located particularly in these three areas: sensor technology, computing and communications.

Quantum physics is difficult to put into words, even for experts, and seemingly incomprehensible to the layperson. But it’s worth understanding their complex rules, which are the foundation of these technologies.

In his lecture, quantum physicist Markus Krutzik introduces the basics of these future technologies and explains what is revolutionary about quantum communication, sensing and computing, as well as areas of application.

Thinking Quantum


Panel Talk with Libby Heaney, Ariane Koek and Anna Pappa
Moderated by Amira Gad
Tuesday 26 April 2022, 6 pm CET
Livestream
Language: English
Free


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 computer scientist 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.

Complement-arity


Live Performance with Libby Heaney and Nabihah Iqbal
Thursday 28 April 2022, 7 pm / 8 pm
Duration: 30 minutes
Location: Schering Stiftung, Berlin
Language: English
Admission: 5 €

Please book your tickets in advance.


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 experience and insight 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.

CASQADES – An experimental journey through quantum futures


Panel conversation with Libby Heaney (artist), Freeke Heijman (Quantum Delta NL), Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh / Sorbonne University), Richard Murray (ORCA Computing), moderated by Matyas Kovacs (futurehain).
Saturday 30 April 2022, 1 pm
Location: Schering Stiftung, Berlin
Language: English
Free

If you would like to attend the event on-site, please book your free spot in advance.


On the occasion of this year’s Berlin Gallery Weekend, LAS and futurehain host a panel conversation on quantum futures featuring world-leading experts. This interactive session is guided by a collective decision-making prompt on the question of ‘quantum futures’ that is fed by experts and the audience 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 participant-driven format to life.

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. 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. Heaney is joined by Freeke Heijman (Quantum Delta NL), Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh / Sorbonne University) and Richard Murray (ORCA Computing) for the exploration.

Biography

Libby Heaney
Artist
Amira Gad
Head of Programmes at LAS
Freeke Heijman
Quantum Delta NL
Nabihah Iqbal
Musician, Producer, DJ and Broadcaster
Elham Kashefi
University of Edinburgh / Sorbonne University, Paris
Ariane Koek
Producer, Writer, Curator
Matyas Kovacs
futurehain
Markus Krutzik
Physicist
Katja Naie
Managing Director and Programme Director, Science at Schering Stiftung
Anna Pappa
Quantum computer scientist

About the Schering Stiftung

The Schering Stiftung promotes the life sciences and contemporary arts, as well as scientific and cultural education. A key focus of the foundation’s activities is projects at the interface of science and art. The foundation aims to promote dialogue and exchange between the disciplines. It wants to create a space for new ideas and inject creative ideas into society.

About futurehain

futurehain is an agency for science strategy and engagement. The Berlin-based creative studio collaborates 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 organisations and initiatives in fields ranging from quantum technologies through sustainability to futures literacy and more.

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