The Affect of Quantum Phenomena on Media Art

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  • The Affect of Quantum Phenomena on Media Art

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  • Panel Statement (abstract):

    This panel will deal with art, media and science via the concept of the ‘spin’ as a fundamental in quantum research where flux and vibration are at the very core. The historical model of media art, science and technology must now include the potential of the quantum phenomena through the emergence of the quantum computer. The subatomic world tantalises us with startling phenomena, but lies deep beneath the surface of human experience, forever hidden from direct observation. Data captured through complex physics experiments reveal quantum behaviours, but unlike scientific meanings constructed to objectively explain such phenomena, the panel will explore the interactions between the subatomic and human realms. In the words of contemporary physicist Anton Zeilinger, this data from quantum experiments exists in a state of “primary reality” more fundamental than the meanings scientists construct to explain it. The panel will reflect how media art will have to deal with significant change based on the discoveries being made in controlling atoms at the core of new machines, including the quantum computer. The panel’s intuitive and insightful presentations will demonstrate how we as humans comprehend and understand the world at the deepest level and by doing so bring it into existence.

    Individual presentations:

    • Mike Phillips – Touchy-feely

    Intro

    This paper will explore the emergence of a post-ocular culture created by the ubiquity of lensless sensing technologies that manifest the things that lie outside of the normal frames of reference. The hegemony of the eye, which for centuries has defined how we know the world, is fading.

    • Chris Henschke – The Edge of the Singularity

    Intro

    In my paper I will discuss my practice with art and particle physics, focusing on the panel’s central theme of “Singularity”. I will argue that the “singularity”, a point with no dimensions, cannot exist in any meaningful sense as as a physical entity, yet it underpins much of quantum physics.

    • Frederik de Wilde – Creativity and imagination in the history of art and physics

    Intro

    The connections between art and science, and the potential outcome of cross-linking both, are of great interest. In this paper I will explore the creative potential of hacking the substrate of the Universe and quantum noise.

    • Paul Thomas – Quantum Media Art and its new modalities

    Intro

    This paper will deal with art, media and science via the concept of the spin as a fundamental property in quantum computer research, where flux and vibration are at the very core. The historical model of media art, science and technology now includes the potential for quantum phenomena.

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