Libby Heaney is an artist, researcher and lecturer with a background in quantum physics working at the intersection of art, science and technology.
In order to explore science and technology from multiple 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, Spain, Austria and Finland and was part of the official programme at the 2017 EU capital of culture in Aarhus, Denmark. Libby has spoken about her work widely including at the Tate Modern and V&A Museum. 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 Irish Examiner, the Journal.ie and on Irish and Danish national radio.
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 peer-reviewed journals, spoke about her research at major conferences around the world and has been interviewed for the Times and Independent newspapers and the BBC.
She lives and works in London.
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, weaving together critical theory with quantum science.
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 quantum thinking to diverse fields.