Probability, Uncertainty & Imagination - My Quantum Art Series

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Friday, February 2
WORK IN PROGRESS (quantum art series)

In my 2006 exhibition Sedition and Other Bedtime Stories I began looking at the quantum world when I was seeking new ways of seeing old problems. This made me aware of the way that stories influence our knowledge. As I continued to read and uncover the analogies - or stories - that physicists used to try to describe the quantum world, I began to realise that there is a lot more in physics that relates to art than we realise. I have corresponded and met with some interesting physicists, and been heartened by their interest despite my lack of mathematical expertise. I am hoping that this smaller project will be completed around July 2007 and fill in the ideas that I counldn't fully develop because of the August deadline last year.

Probability, Uncertainty and Imagination: Re-writing classic (& mathematical?) narratives with a quantum lens (artist statement 2007)

I am currently exploring concepts from quantum physics for my new paintings and drawings. At the same time, I have been looking at the current trend to mix art and physics practices. In doing so, I noticed that while physicists and artists have come together in projects that integrate the graphic representation of mathematical data, the results appeared as ‘illustrations’ of science, rather than collaborations that changed either discipline (or made sense to the viewer). While in many cases, the graphic form of mathematical data can be fed back into the physics research process, the art (and the ordinary perceptions of the non-scientist audience) remains untouched, and separated from the quantum realities that scientists are immersed in. (contact me for concept paper)

Collaborative discussions have been in progress since May 2006, and I have been surprised at the positive feedback from physicists from Australia and overseas. I would appreciate hearing from physicist who may want to be a part of the creative process, and in so doing, explore different ways of thinking to enhance their own problem-solving.


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