The patterns reveal the liminal space between the quantum and classical worlds through the dynamics of quantum biology and mechanistic quantum computing.
Just as classical nature must have always employed quantum phenomena to drive biological evolutionary processes, quantum computers use material elements such as phosphorous electrons as qubits (instead of classical bits) to process data. ‘Are we quantum computers, or merely clever robots?’, as the physicist Matthew Fisher asked in a provocative 2017 paper.
The ‘Quantum Chaos Set’ utilises a data sorting algorithm HusimiSorter developed in collaboration with artist Jan Andruszkiewicz to transform and animate a series of five photographic images of felt fibres. By utilising two correlated data sets, when elements from the quantum chaos data are swapped, pixels in the selected felt image are also swapped.
Felt is used to define classical chaos as the experimental subject because it is a textile that is not woven. It is fused rather than knitted, knotted, intertwined, or laced. To cite Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, we could say that felt is a ‘smooth’ rather than ‘striated’ space.
By creating the illusion of the quantum world, the artwork enables the viewer to experience an aesthetic that renders visible the unseen potential of being.