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Stills from Libby Heaney, Heartbreak and Magic, 2024, VR experience, time variable. Courtesy of Libby Heaney. 

Heartbreak and Magic, 2024, VR experience, time variable.

Drawing on Libby Heaney’s own experience with personal grief and sudden loss, Heartbreak and Magic explores the non-binary and non-local qualities of quantum physics to offer alternative perspectives on how we think and feel about the self and existence. Heaney developed the work through an iterative, experimental process involving both physical and digital forms of creativity, from movement practice, writing, drawing, and painting to bespoke quantum computing code and game engine prototyping. Heartbreak and Magic brings her experimentation with quantum computing into virtual reality for the first time.

Heartbreak and Magic is commissioned by VIVE Arts and presented in partnership with Somerset House.

Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House
Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House
Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House
Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House
Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House
Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House
Installation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset HouseInstallation views of Libby Heaney: Heartbreak and Magic at Somerset House

Installation: ‘Heartbreak and Magic’, Somerset House, London, February 9th – 20th, 2024. Photo credits: Tim Bowditch.

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