Quantum Fake

Quantum Fake is VR experience and a 3D printed copy of the famous Nefertiti's Bust. Libby was commissioned by Science Gallery, Dublin to consider ideas around copying and fakes in a future where quantum technology is domminant. Inspired by concepts underpinning quantum cryptography; viewers were subjected to a variable VR experience dependant on their discovery of copies of Nefertiti's Bust, within the gallery space.

Quantum Fake is a virtual reality artwork and physical 3D print of The Other Nefertiti. The Other Nefertiti is a project by Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles where they 3D scanned the head of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum Berlin without permission and released the data under public domain without any charge. Utilising this data both physically and digitally, Quantum Fake explores copying in the age of quantum information and quantum computing. In a world of seemingly endless copies, the piece explores fundamental ways of keeping information secure, thereby questioning truth, representation and cultural appropriation. Drawing on Heaney's previous research in the field of quantum technologies, Quantum Fake takes inspiration from cutting-edge research into quantum cryptography as well as themes of ownership, identity, beauty and the nature of time. Viewers were subjected to a variable VR experience dependant on their discovery of copies of the famous Nefertiti's Bust, within the gallery space.

This work was commissioned by the Science Gallery Dublin and James from Werkflow assisted with the VR production and graphics.