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Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot was exhibited at Sonar+D with Somerset House Studios and the British Council.

Sónar+D is the international conference that brings together a combination of activities with a common theme: the relationship between creativity and technology, and the digital transformation of the cultural industries involved.

Sonar+D brings together experts from around the world (technicians, entrepreneurs, artists, companies and researchers) to present initiatives and tools that will shape future creative experiences in the fields of music, visuals, interactive content and transmedia platforms.


Over the last few months, Libby has been running a research project with the Systems Research Group for the Royal College of Art in collaboration with the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol and the V&A museum exploring what it might mean to make artworks with emerging quantum technologies.

What does it mean to make artworks using technologies from the edge of our understanding?

Alongside some of her RCA students, Libby set out to answer this question.  She presented the outcomes of this project at the V&A in May and exhibited the works last week at White City Place.  V&A digital art curator Melanie Lenz invited her to write an article for the V&A blog about the collaboration and the works, which you can read here and here.


Quantum photonics chip.  Photo: Joshua Silverstone


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Better late than never.  It's been a busy month since this show, but it has given me a chance to reflect and think about my piece Phoxel Tarot that was exhibited at the Internet Yami Ichi at the Tate Modern.  Also (YAY!) it was featured in the Guardian.

The piece consisted of two parts.  One was a digital fortune telling machine.  Phoxel.  Who would read visitors their fortunes constructed from bylines of applications... The second part was myself performing as Layla Swan - a fortune teller whose business had suffered from people going online for readings.  She therefore arrived at the fair set to fight back having made a pack of fortune telling cards featuring symbolism for our digital age.

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All the meanings of the cards are faithful to the original 22 major Arcana tarot cards and they were used to discuss people's online and offline futures.  Even though the Yami Ichi was about the Internet IRL, people were much more interested to have their tarot read by Layla than engage with the machine I'd made.


The cards were thus used as props to answer questions that people posed about mostly their but occasionally the worlds future, creating narratives that weaved in and out of the digital and real realms with multiple meanings that that audience could engage with on their own terms.

Hackney guy Tarot

Some of the questions asked were deep, while others were superficial.  For instance, one person was asking about babies another about her divorce and conversely someone wanted to know where to go for dinner.   One guy in his mid-40s asked about his sex life - he received the tower card, which represents physical destruction - with obsolete websites falling from a server.

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Layla recommended that he get rid of any unwanted websites if he wanted his physical sex life to improve.

Asian guy Tarot=Asian guy

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This was only the second time I've used myself in my work, but in spite of this, the same themes that run through the rest of my practice were present in this piece too.  For example pattern making, a critique of technology, complexity, computation, interactivity, time and as with God's Dice a hint of magic.

After the readings Layla asked people to write their thoughts about the reading in a testimonial book.  Here's a selection of the best...

cyber future frank testimonial

see through me


forces of the internet




try best

Photo credits 2 and 4: Yinan Song




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Murray Macaulay, the director of Multiplied and a senior prints specialist at Christie’s, shares his top five artists exhibiting this year in Resident Magazine.

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"Libby Heaney has had an unusual journey to becoming an artist having previously completed a PhD in quantum physics. A recent graduate from Central Saint Martin’s MA Art and Science course, her works creatively respond to complex scientific theory. I like her beautiful visual conundrums which are both elusive and compelling. She will be exhibiting digital prints printed from original computer code."

Read the full article here.

central st. martins art and science webpage now live

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by libby


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Here's a little taster of what is to come at our degree show this year.  Check out my classmates' work and some of my own as well as other juicy bits from the course!



november exhibitions

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by libby


it's been a busy few months playing with motors and working with painted polyhedrons and this week i'm happy that my installation Computation Cloud is finished and ready to go.

the private view is on friday and the show will run for a week at the UAL High Holborn site.

computation cloud

if you can't make it down to Holborn for this, i have digital prints from the preparation of computation cloud in a group studio show at Elthorne studios in Archway this Wednesday running until Sunday and also in the post-graduate auction at Central St. Martin's Lethaby Gallery Tues- Thurs this week.  i'm lot number #43 and the auction takes place on Thursday evening.

black box

ackermann deconstruct

common keys to the creative process in art and science

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by libby


Earlier this year The Journal of Wild Culture asked if I could write a piece about navigating the edge between art and science and after playing with a few ideas here are some new words thinking about a possible bridge between subject and some ruminations about how the link may also help to extend the New Aesthetic.  Follow the link to the article here.

One of the art works I talk about is this floor sculpture, below, by Tauba Auerbach.



Huzzah! I'm super happy to have my work feature in Made in Arts London summer collection.  Check out my profile (and a silly photo of me) here.

god's dice



Prof. Vlatko Vedral and I have previously worked together in academia, but we now pursue very different aspects of quantum physics.  We are both now exploring the possibilities in new territories forming between different areas of our practice - for Vlatko it is new territory is between quantum and classical  physics (the classical systems can even be biological ones),  for me it is the new territory between quantum physics and art.

In September, we will both be talking about our respective practices at an Ideas Matter Sphere event.  For more information and to book tickets, please follow this link.

covariance artwork

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by libby No Comments


A covariance matrix contains the correlations between different random variables.  Covariance is, therefore, a well-suited title for the outcome of an art/science collaboration between artist Lyndall Phelps and particle physicist Ben Still.  The collaboration has lasted nine months, during which time Phelps and Still have found parallels in their respective research activities.  Like the famed particle accelerator CERN, which has millions of carefully placed components, Covariance is an installation comprised of hundreds of uniquely and intricately patterned perspex discs.  Covariance is promising to be a spectacular sight, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it presented this summer in a surprise London location.


Lyndall Phelps putting together the perspex discs: Image courtesy of the Superposition blog.