“Quantum unlearning” refers to the process of deep questioning that quantum physics demands from us; through physics we discover that the universe does not respect our intuitive notions about subjectivity, objectivity, knowability, categorization, and even existence itself. In this symposium we ask whether these facts of matter matter, to individuals and communities seeking to address problems far beyond the physics lab. Bringing scientists, scholars, and artists into conversation, we set the stage to productively dismantle, complicate, and overlap our preconceptions about what it means to know, relate, and act in the world.
This symposium begins with an introduction to quantum physics and a set of framing questions, adding insights and questions from our keynote speakers, and from a panel of SAIC students and alumni. These sessions will build up to a sustained and moderated conversation between our three keynote speakers, to which audience members and other speakers are invited to contribute.
1:30–1:45 p.m. Welcome: Honoring Walter Massey—Tiffany Holmes, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
1:45–2:30 p.m. Conveners’ Introduction—Kyle Bellucci Johanson and Kathryn Schaffer
2:30–3:00 p.m. Keynote Speakers’ Introductions—Gabriela Barreto Lemos, Denise Ferreira da Silva, and Charles Gaines
3:00–4:00 p.m. Student and Alumni Artists’ Presentations—Abraham Avnisan, University of Washington, Bothell (MFA 2015), Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi (MFA 2019), Joshi Radin (MA 2018, MFA 2016), and Nancy Valladares (BFA 2016).
4:15–5:45 p.m. Keynote Conversation—Charles Gaines, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Gabriela Barreto Lemos, Moderated by Kathryn Schaffer and Kyle Bellucci Johanson. Speakers will discuss the questions and ideas raised in earlier sessions, with questions and input from members of the audience.
This event is free, non-ticketed and open to the public.
Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Conversations on Art and Science event series and the Department of Liberal Arts, with additional support from the Departments of Art and Technology Studies and Visual and Critical Studies as well as the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement