Entanglements Quantum Theory and Creative Practice


Panel Discussion with: Martin LaForest (Senior Manager, Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo), Karin Von Ompteda (Assistant Professor, OCAD University), Laura De Decker (Independent Artist, Waterloo), Jay Irizawa (Lecturer, Ryerson University)

In recent years, quantum theory has inspired an outpouring of creative work by interdisciplinary artists. These include interactive installations, electronic music, animations and video installations such as Schrödinger’s video animation, viewed 80 000 times on the ABC science website, the FutureEverything Moscow Festival in 2016, and the first Quantum Art exhibition in space in 2015—a collaboration between NASA, ESA and MIT.

These artworks attest to the importance of collaborative practices between art, science and design. They communicate the complexity of significant scientific disciplines to the larger public, disciplines that are often perceived to be abstract and esoteric.

The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series present an international program of gatherings across North America and expanding to Europe. The program brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

For this LASER event held at the Ontario College of Art University we focus on quantum phenomena, visualization, and creative practice. We have invited a panel of interdisciplinary artists and researchers including Martin Laforest, Laura De Decker, Karin von Ompteda, and Jason Irizawa in the hope of engaging in a sustained and rigorous discussion with our presenters and the audience on topics related to quantum physics, visualization, art and design.