Quantum Art Space (2018)
Video and audio - continuous.
Quantum Art Space: Event Potential in Practice
Quantum Art Space is the exhibited final artwork from my PhD project. The exhibition was held at Magnet studios' Spatial Studio in Melbourne in October 2019.
Quantum Art Space: Event Potential in Practice investigates how a practice-led arts inquiry might productively correlate the understandings of quantum as the basis of scenarios for making and viewing creative arts experiments.
Using lens-based explorations of photography and video along with performance, sound, and observational recordings, this practice-led research project draws upon, extracts and operationalizes ideas and applications of quantum deploying a combination of (concepts, descriptions of physical events from) quantum mechanics, philosophy, and visual art theory to create new knowledge regarding the actualities of events within artworks and the creative process. Rather than merely redeploying quantum to describe art-making, this research seeks to directly rethink a practice of art making through the logic of quantum and puts to the test how some key concepts of quantum might open up new ways of thinking through the making of art. Quantum is called upon to press both the artist and the artmaking project to behave differently, and further, to rethink the practice from the event to the reception of that practice.
The practice-led investigation finds the potential of visual material and attempts to re-consider the experience of making through the reflective (creative practice and speculative process) quantum theory. For example, the key quantum concepts, such as the frames of entanglement and formlessness, underpin this practice-led research and press us to think systematically. This has become paramount within the practice-led component of this PhD project. The project uses quantum as an active participant that provides triggers to prompt ideas within the exchange between an artwork and the viewer and not as a fixed quantifiable moment.
This research examines where and how the fields of quantum, philosophy of event and visual arts, intersect and work together, offering a new quantum focus throughout the creative process by directly addressing and deploying the actualities of interactions between processes and events for creative ends.