Libby Heaney is an artist, researcher and lecturer with training in quantum physics working at the intersection of art, science and technology. She was born in Sutton Coldfield and lives and works in London.
Libby has over ten years research experience in both the sciences and arts, including post-doctoral positions in quantum information science at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore. As a scientist, she published numerous papers in international journals, spoke about her research at major conferences around the world and has been interviewed for the Times and Independent newspapers and the BBC.
In order to explore science from wider viewpoints, Libby retrained as an artist at Central St. Martins and has tutored on the Information Experience Design program at the Royal College of Art since 2014. She has exhibited in London (including Tate Modern and Christie's), New York, Ireland, Malta and Finland and later this year in Aarhus as part of the EU capital of culture. She won the Ideas Tap Innovators award in 2014 and the Lifeboat residency award in 2016 and has been short listed for the Helen Scott-Liggett award and the Picton Art Prize. Her work has been featured in the Guardian newspaper, Resident magazine, the Journal.ie and on Irish national radio.
My practice and research draws primarily on science and technology both as subjects and tools. My work is not media-specific – I choose the best format for the concept – having worked with installation, digital projection, performance, print and sculpture. My work is typically interactive and post-digital and deals with complexity and systems.
At the RCA I run the More is Different elective and the Systems Research Group in the School of Communications. Alongside and related to my practice, I have been researching and writing about the correspondences between quantum information science, post-structuralism and agential reality with a view to use these links to articulate complexity through art and creative experience design practices and through research and teaching applying rigourous quantum thinking to diverse fields.