QUANTUM LOGOS PREMIERE
AT THIS YEAR'S 40-ANNIVERSARY ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL
AT THE DEEP SPACE 8K, SEPTEMBER 2019
Premier of Quantum Logos at Ars Electronica Deep Space,
Photo by Wolfgang Simlinger
POST ARS ELECTRONICA REFLECTION: QUANTUM LOGOS
by Mark Chavez
" Just completed the four-day presentation of Quantum Logos (vision serpent) at Ars Electronica Deep Space 8k theater. It was quite a ride, with my colleagues in arms Ina Conradi, Bianka Hofmann, and Bob Kastner. Full of the requisite stress that comes with big efforts. Although I produced and animated all of the visuals myself, I received a much needed musical score from Tate Egon Chavez. Other consultation came from Rupert Ursin, deputy director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. I'm an artist/animator and not trained in Quantum Theory or cultural archetype and metaphor, though these are interesting subjects to study.
I started this project in earnest this past January, though my research on the topic started much earlier when I began reading books like James Maffie's Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion, and Alexus McLeod's Philosophy of the Ancient Maya: Lords of Time. These books offer a great view of the metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical wisdom of the Mexica and Maya civilizations. Taking these ideas without expropriating direct cultural imagery as well as studying other great cultures and the essence of their creation myths and themes provided a rich template from which to derive design inspiration.
I didn't exclusively use these designs themes, however. I studied the work of numerous quantum physicists of various subject fields. Only with the generosity of scientists who publish talks online could I possibly begin to understand, in a most minor way, the complexity of the subject. I attended talks at the UCLA ArtSci Center helmed by artist Professor Victoria Vesna and scientist Dr. James Gimzewski including talks by professors from the California NanoScience Institute, and other casual discussions on the subject with academics in the field. I also studiously reviewed lectures from the World Festival of Science and other sources on quantum physics, gravity, time and biology.
To get a better understanding of indigenous American ideas, aside from studying the books aforementioned, I began to study Nahuatl, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by a subset of indigenous people of Mexico. This helped in understanding the nature and depth of the culture though from a contemporary view. In particular, it helped me understand the emotive pathos expressed in metaphor in their poetry and prose.
The project was comprised of a 10-minute real-time movie and then after a 30-second pause with an introduction to the idea of becoming a source of energy in a quantum field the wall and floor transitioned into an interactive interlude. Designed to resemble the depths of a sacred Mayan cenote, the audience could enter the quantum world and ripple the fields around them. Everything was authored in Derivative Touchdesigner.
This research is ongoing and I am excited about further developing the work."
Mark Chavez and Ina Conradi
ART ANIMATION VFX PROGRAMMING
SCI ART PRODUCER, PROJECT DEVELOPER
with Robert Ursin
As part of the installation, the audience is imaged as a source of energy in a quantum field, as the wall and floor transition into an interactive interlude. Designed as a field of quantum energy with it’s rippling interactive reaction, to resemble the depths of a sacred Maya pool.The audience enters the quantum world and ripples the field around them.
QuantumLOGOS (vision serpent) © Mark Chavez
QUANTUM LOGOS PREMIERED AT THIS YEAR'S 40-ANNIVERSARY ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL, AT THE DEEP SPACE 8K
5 SEPTEMBER 16:00 - 16:30
7 SEPTEMBER 11:30 - 12:00
8 SEPTEMBER 16:00 - 16:30
The art-sci interactive experience Quantum Logos explores how the basics of quantum-theory expressed with cultural archetypes could shed new insights on natural phenomena, questioning what is the nature of existence through scientific observation.
The artwork with it´s universal appeal will provides intellectual and emotional access to quantum technology through visual artistic media. It has been executed as a real-time interactive experience employing a powerful virtual real-time rendering customized pallet all powered by code, and audio-reactive visualization.