Studio Quantum at re:publica24

Integration of Quantum Principles into the Artistic Process

28. May 2024, 01:45 pm – 02:45 pm, STATION, Berlin

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At this year's re:publica, Studio Quantum explored the role of art in emerging quantum technologies, aligning with the festival's theme "Who cares?".

On Tuesday 28th of May 2024, Gesche Joost (Berlin University of the Arts / Goethe-Institut), kennedy + swan (Studio Quantum Artists-in-Residence 2023), Nadia Armstrong (Artist / CONNECT - The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications) and Adrian Schmidt (ITAS, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) exchanged their experiences to date with emerging quantum technologies in front of a live audience. Guests explored ethical questions and artistic responses to innovation in quantum technologies.

Looking ahead to the Studio Quantum residency programmes in 2024, the artist duo kennedy+swan reported on their experiences from the previous year. Over the coming months, eight residencies will take place in Karlsruhe, Bangalore, Dublin, Lagos, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Rotterdam as part of the project. In the fall, there will be an exhibition with an event program at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Studio Quantum at re:publica is supported by the Goethe-Institut and Zeitgeist Irland 24. Zeitgeist Irland 24 is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany.

Gesche Joost is professor of design research at the Berlin University of the Arts and heads the Design Research Lab. Together with international partners, she develops research and teaching projects on topics relating to digital society, including wearable computing and social-digital participation. She is chairwoman of the German Society for Design Theory and Research and a board member of the German National Academic Foundation. From 2014 to 2018 she was the Federal Government's Internet Ambassador for the European Commission. She has been a member of the SAP Supervisory Board since 2015.

Nadia J. Armstrong is a visual artist and PhD researcher exploring performance, 3D composition, AI, and expanded video. Her focus is on the commodification of emotions, machine creation, and the interaction of bodies with global systems. She's currently in her first year of a fully funded interdisciplinary PhD at Ireland's National College of Art and Design and CONNECT - the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications, examining technology's underlying knowledge systems from an artist-ethnographic, ecosocial, cyborg feminist perspective. Armstrong recently spoke at transmediale 2024 in Berlin and exhibited her work "RENDER ME TENDER" at Beta festival in Dublin. The piece will be showcased at the RENDR festival in Belfast. She's been part of Beta x transmediale 2023 Residency Programme and Cybernate Residency programme. Supported by the Irish Arts Council and Accenture Ireland, Armstrong won the Digital Innovation in Art Award at the 2022 Business to Arts Awards. She's also a recipient of the 2021 Goethe-Institut AI Residencies Award.

kennedy+swan showcases the works of Bianca Kennedy and Swan Collective, exploring the future of evolution and its impact on plants, animals, humans, and machines. They focus on the benefits of hybrid life forms and the human-machine relationship. Using various animation techniques, they create a dense network of analog and digital image fragments. They exhibit internationally in prestigious galleries, museums, and festivals such as Lyon Biennale. Based in Berlin, As part of our Studio Quantum Residency program, we welcomed them in October to Dublin, where they developed a VR experience revolving around AI, quantum, and healthcare.

Adrian Schmidt is a physicist and researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His research focuses on the development and societal implications of quantum technologies. Together with his colleagues in the research group "Life, Innovation, Health, and Technology", he is particularly interested in educational issues, the technology landscape, and the interaction between art and science.
  • Studio Quantum panel at  re:publica24 on the stage © Alicja Hoppel
  • k+s smiling © Alicja Hoppel
  • Audience drawing © Alicja Hoppel
  • Nadia Armstrong speaking © Alicja Hoppel
  • Adrian Schmid speaking © Alicja Hoppel
  • Panel and Audience © Alicja Hoppel
  • "Who cares?" and Venue © Alicja Hoppel
  • Group picture panel © Alicja Hoppel