Of Randomness and Imperfection
October 7th, 2019 REIKO YAMADA ICFO Artist-in-Residence

Much of what we consider “random” phenomena consists in events that are in fact, given sufficient data and computing power, predictable. However, quantum theory is opening up new approaches to randomness that escape such limitations. This, in turn, raises questions with profound scientific but also philosophical implications on how we should define “true”, “false”, “perfect” or “imperfect” randomness. Such questions find an echo in the work of Reiko Yamada, who has spent the last decade exploring the imperfection as an aesthetic concept and collaborating with scientists. In this seminar, Yamada will draw on her experience as a composer and sound artist as well as her collaborations with biologists on the relationship between fruit flies and humans in the “Small Small Things” project and with the LUCA team at ICFO to explore the collaborative possibilities that quantum randomness opens up as a field of artistic and scientific research.

Seminar, October 7, 2019, 10:15. ICFO’s Seminar Room

Hosted by Prof. Maciej Lewenstein