Libby Heaney
Quantum Computing

Nov 5, 2020

Artist talk during Berlin Science Week 2020

Artistic experiments with various quantum algorithms © 2020 Libby Heaney

What are quantum computers and how do they depend on quantum physics?

Why are corporations and governments interested in quantum computing? What can quantum science teach us about the way we make sense of our world? In what way can the discipline impact how we tell stories, build meaning and create art?

In this lecture, Heaney gives insight into quantum computing and the challenges it holds for the future of making art. Her talk is followed by discussions with philosopher Professor Jenann Ismael and quantum scientist Professor Vlatko Vedral. Together, they will explore the impact quantum physics can have on our day-to-day-reality when transposed from the micro to the macro world.

This talk conveys the core subject matter of a new work being developed by the artist and commissioned by LAS, for which Heaney uses IBM’s cloud-based Q System One quantum computers. Art can acquire the tools to rupture causality by following the tenets of quantum science, which creates a space where entities – human, non-human, machine – relate, interfere and entangle.

5 November 2020, 6 pm, Artist Talk with Libby Heaney
​Berlin Science Week 2020, ​Livestream


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