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nyc-based designer interested in the intersection between art and technology


WINNER of IBM x Parsons' Quantum Design Jam 2022
In this project, my team, consisting of Julia Daser and Theingi Thann created an immersive installation that uses music, oscillation, water waves and projections to artistically represent the uncertainty and probability present in quantum systems.

This project was submitted to the IBM x The New School's Quantum Design Jam 2022. We are thrilled to have  won the prize of the Most Creative Use of Quantum Technology!

We experimented with IBM's Quantum Composer to create a quantum circuit composed of two qubits in superposition. However, because today's quantum computers are not perfect, we soon realized that while superposition allows two qubits to be reliant on each other, random noise disrupts the perfect symmetry. This leads us to the question: What happens to a complex system when one part falls out of order?

Design process

With our quantum gate-configuration, we found that the qubits exist mainly in 2 states: 48.5% of them exist as state (0, 0), 45% of them exist as state (1,1). Some qubits also existed as noise, with states (0,1) or (1, 0). 

State (0, 0) is represented by our first medium- the visual projections.

State (1, 1) is represnted by our second medium, sound. 


By overlapping the two mediums, we show the "in between" states of the qubits- the uncertainty of their states, and prove that one cannot know their states until one measures them.

Projections representing state (0,0)

Each projection represents one qubit in state 0

If both qubits are in state 0, the projection is a symmetrical pattern because the qubits are entangled. [Insert gif of the complete, symmetrical pattern]

Every now and then, the pattern on either projection glitches. [glitch pattern]

This disruption of the perfect symmetry is caused by noise- when the qubits are in state [0,1] or [1,0]