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Creative workshop with artist Libby Heaney


Seeing Double: Quantum world (un)shaping

Sci-fi & fantasy comic-style creative workshop with artist Libby Heaney

Young people aged 12 – 16 are invited to take part in a workshop delivered by artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney and organised by NEoN Digital Arts.

Libby Heaney will deliver a speculative world-building workshop using storyboarding techniques and sci-fi and fantasy speculation. The artist will introduce participants to the themes of her art practice and engage them in creative exercises in imagining a quantum computing future.

Quantum computing is an emerging field of technology which strives to apply the laws of quantum mechanics to create very powerful computers which could solve problems too complex for classical computers. The artist describes it as scientists who learned to build computers by using a “weird version of reality.”

Participants will get to speculate about the possible applications of quantum computing and consider future scenarios and their impact on society. Thinking about quantum technologies, timescale, plausibility and location, participants will respond to various prompts to collectively construct a world by working with techniques like comic-style worksheets, storyboarding, sketching, text and collage. At the end of the workshop, participants' worksheets will be assembled to form parallel narratives around the future impact of quantum computing.

Participants do not need to have any prior knowledge of the themes, only curiosity and enthusiasm.

About the Artist

Libby Heaney is an artist and physicist who holds a PhD in Quantum Information Science from the University of Leeds and an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her practice incorporates quantum computing, AI, VR and 3D modelling to critically examine power hierarchies, pluralities and interdependencies through the lens of new technologies. She often uses humour and satire in her work to subvert common perceptions within society. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Heaney is a resident at Somerset House Studios in London.

About the Project

The workshop is part of a new work by Libby Heaney commissioned by NEoN Digital Arts and Bilyana Palankasova as part of a collaborative PhD project at the University of Glasgow.

The workshop will be part of Bilyana Palankasova’s PhD research and will be documented through audio recordings for the purposes of data collection, which requires consent from all participants. This means that the workshop will be audio-recorded. All personal information (names and emails) will be anonymised. Participant information can be found here (link to participant info sheet).

Before being able to take part in the workshop, every participant will need to send a consent form filled out and signed by their parent or guardian. Consent forms will be sent to you after signing up.


2 pm - 5 pm, Monday, October 3rd 2022

Unit 35, Keiller Centre
Chapel Street
Dundee DD1 1DQ

How to take part

If you would like to participate, please sign up through this link.

Young people aged 12 – 16 is the suggested age range for this workshop; however other ages are welcome. Please email us if you are unsure or have any questions. A staff member that has PVG clearance will be present at all times. 

NEoN is committed to being as accessible as possible. We are looking to use spaces accessible to a wider community, in a central location, and on good bus routes. The accessibility guide for the Keiller Centre can be found here. The Kieller Centre has an accessible toilet. We have an Accessibility Officer at NEoN who can provide advice and support. Please let us know if you have access requirements or questions about accessibility at [email protected]. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Places for this workshop are limited. If, for any reason, you cannot make it, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected] so we can fill your place.