The first chapter of Heaney's Ent- artwork is featured as part of ZKM's BioMedia exhibition.
Commissioned by LAS, Heaney has been experimenting with quantum computing for a number of years. She is the only artist in the world using quantum computing as a functioning artistic medium and Ent- will be a 360-degree interactive installation taking quantum computing as both medium and subject matter. No fully fledged quantum computer is yet in existence but the technology has the potential to achieve results and speeds impossible with current computing. Ent- will explore the transformative changes quantum computing is expected to wreak on the future of everyday life.
Ent- is a quantum interpretation of the central panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights (c.1490–1510).
Visitors will enter a black cube in which a 360-degree projection takes
them through the layers of Bosch’s painting – sky, buildings and
landscapes, and water. Heaney has used quantum code to manipulate
and animate her own watercolour paintings, creating hybrid creatures
inspired by Bosch’s medieval monsters, landscapes that seem to shift
and breathe, and exploding structures that float and re-form. Heaney
chose to work with watercolour in particular because the bleeding of
colours into one another reflects the merging and blurring of the
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a unique cultural institution worldwide, because it is a place that expands the original tasks of the museum.
It is a house of all media and genres, a house of both spatial arts such as painting, photography and sculpture and time-based arts such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater and performance. ZKM was founded in 1989 with the mission of continuing the classical arts into the digital age. This is why it is sometimes called the »electronic or digital Bauhaus« – an expression that is traced back to the founding director Heinrich Klotz.