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Libby Heaney, Q is for Climate, courtesy of NXT MuseumLibby Heaney, Q is for Climate, courtesy of NXT Museum
Libby Heaney, Q is for Climate, 2023, courtesy of NXT MuseumLibby Heaney, Q is for Climate, 2023, courtesy of NXT Museum

Installation: ‘Realtime’, NXT Museum, Amsterdam, May 15th – September 24th 2023. Courtesy of NXT Museum.  

Can we learn to think and feel like the climate itself?

Q is for Climate (?), 2023, single channel video with sound, 7min38.

Q is for Climate (?) is a single channel video work with sound, that questions how the power of quantum computers will impact the climate crisis, based on academic research, interviews with specialists and the artist-physicist’s creative speculations around quantum’s radical potential. Polluted waters, toxic fumes, and thick oil oozing out of quantum computers alert the viewer to Big Tech’s current line of development, which seeks to harness the power of quantum to pursue and intensify our current regime of extractive capitalism. Yet the video’s progression into an exploded, non-linear narrative, melding perspectives through Heaney’s cutting-edge quantum video editing technique, offers an escape from this doomed evolution by suggesting an alternative paradigm. Embodying the inherent plurality of quantum physics, Q is for Climate (?) encourages us to reimagine our systems by envisioning new, unexpected, entangled collaborations.

Installation: ‘Energeia’, Etiopia, Zaragoza (commission), March 2nd – June 17th 2023. Photo: Pedro Anguila.