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Art x science performance “Tinguely Entangled”, showcasing the world of quantum physics, fills Tokyo venue at premiere outside Switzerland

“Tinguely Entangled”, a musical, visual and sensory experience of the world of cutting-edge quantum physics from Basel received so much interest that its special performance fully packed the venue at the University of Tokyo. As the concluding event of the 2024 Swiss–Japanese Quantum Symposium, the performance was attended by experts in quantum science and art, the media, and the general public.

On June 7, the final day of the Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024, a very special art x science performance was offered to 90 guests for its first-ever representation outside Switzerland.  At the intersection of quantum physics, live and electronic music, visual arts, and poetry, “Tinguely Entangled” is a unique interdisciplinary project conceptualized and curated by Swiss pianist and Interfinity director Lukas Loss.

At dusk, the audience had the exclusive opportunity to delve into a profound and unique spatial experience meticulously crafted to immerse each and every one in the world of quantum mechanics. The venue transformed into a dynamic canvas, with 12 musicians strategically scattered throughout, creating an enveloping soundscape that defied traditional spatial boundaries. Visual effects and light projections danced across the space, seamlessly blending with the scientific narration provided by physicists Henry Legg and Valerii Kozin, metaphorically illustrating quantum phenomena such as Qubits, entanglement, sweet spots, ‘dressed’ particles, and error correction to only name a few. This multi-sensory orchestration offered spectators a total immersion, blurring the lines between art, science, and spatial perception.

The first rendition of this interdisciplinary project took place in 2023 at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, home to both renowned Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely and the National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR SPIN), from which the piece derives its name. In January 2024, it was performed at the World Economic Forum in Davos (WEF) as part of the Global Quantum Economy round table. The representation in Tokyo was the first international edition and will be followed by one at the annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society in California in March 2025.

Tinguely Entangled

Project credits

Concept and curation | Lukas Loss

Script | Henry Legg & Lukas Loss

Physicists | Henry Legg, Rafael Eggli, Arianna Nigro, Valerii Kozin & Jung-Ching Liu

Musical composition | Linda Leimane

Video art | Luca Scarzella

Video post production | Michele Innocente

Musicians | Ensemble Nomad & Anna Gagane (clarinet)

Narration | Henry Legg & Valerii Kozin