Dr Libby Heaney
School of Communication
- Information Experience Design
Libby Heaney is an artist, researcher and quantum physicist working at the intersection of art, technology and science. Specifically Libby is pioneering quantum computational methods as both tools and concepts in creative practices.
In 2015, Libby completed a MA in Art and Science at Central St. Martins and she has been working with the Information Experience Design course at the Royal College of Art first as a visiting lecturer and then later as a tutor since 2014.Show more
Since then she has exhibited work at Sonar+D, Barcelona; Ars Electronica, Linz; Science Gallery, Dublin; Tate Modern; Blitz Gallery, Valletta; Aboagora, Turku; Arebyte Gallery; with Space 10 at London Design Festival and also Point B, New York. Libby recently completed a research project with the V&A Museum and the University of Bristol making the first artworks with quantum computers and questioning what this means.
Libby graduated with an MSci in Physics from Imperial College London in 2005 and a DPhil in theoretical Quantum Information Science from the University of Leeds in 2008. Since then she spent 5 years working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore, exploring quantum entanglement in many-body systems.
At the Royal College of Art, Libby runs the Systems Research Group and the More is Different elective and has published around 20 internationally peer reviewed research papers in physics and art.
Libby is currently a resident of Somerset House Studios and works with The Artists Development Agency.
Libby Heaney’s artwork takes quantum physics as a starting point, playfully (re)examining systems through a quantum computational lens in interactive installations and participatory events. She uses its counter-intuitive concepts (such as contextuality, entanglement and superposition) to explore resonances with other fields and develop new languages around quantum science.Show more
Libby’s works include Time’s Tattarratttat, an interactive projection controlled by the palindromicity of words; Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot, an AI bot conversing on Tinder with dialogue drawn from D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover; and Sensory Apparatus, an installation exploring how user behaviour can be altered by advertising.
Libby has exhibited her work across Europe including at Sonar+D with the British Council and with Non-Space Gallery and ScienceAtHome as part of the official programme for the 2017 EU Capital of Culture and Ars Electronica 2017.
(2017) Collaboration with the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol and the V&A on Quantum Computer Art project (Institute of Physics funded).
(2016–2017) ‘Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot’: Justin Long CEO of Bernie.ai provided technical support for producing the artwork.
(2017) ‘Quantum Breathing’: ScienceAtHome commissioned a virtual reality artwork for the 2017 EU Capital of Culture.
(2015) ‘Times Tattarrattat: performance and interactive installation exploring the nature of time’ Dr. John Goold from ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
(2016) Arebyte Gallery: More is Different elective students are in residency at Arebyte.
(2016–2017) ScienceAtHome: More is Different elective students collaborate with ScienceAtHome producing games that were taken to a quantum games cafe at the 2017 EU Capital of Culture in Aarhus, Denmark.