Quantum People

(Theatre performance including movement video and recorded music.)

To be premiered in the 'Inclusions' exhibition at the Salis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, 7pm 06-09-16

 

Quantum People is a conversation with an audience and with filmed interviewees that explores the movement of people and the movement of fundamental particles. Excerpts from films of interviews with artists who have migrated to the UK contrast with movement and multi-media pieces that seek to describe some of the most fundamental aspects of quantum theory.

"Particles are particles and they hop from place to place with a particular probability. The probability that a particle that is in one place will be at another place at a given time can be worked out using a simple rule. So, if we start with an electron in one place in a room and we ask: “what’s the probability that sometime later it will be somewhere else?” Then at every point in the room we can assign a probability that it will be there at a later point, using one simple rule. And that’s it. It’s an elegant rule.

 

What’s the probability that a particle will hop from A to B. That’s it!"

 

Professor Brian Cox, The Life Scientific, BBC Radio 4, 23-09-14

Migration seems to be a fundamental part of the human condition.

Some people migrate from one part of the world to another, others migrate within their own country. Everyone changes and mutates as they go through life. Artists may become teachers, Engineers may become actors.

Quantum Mechanics describes the movement of the fundamental building blocks of the universe. In the world of the very small we leave common sense and intuition behind. In this world we can't make a direct link between cause and effect. In this world everything is ruled by probability.

What can we learn about artists who have chosen from one place to another? Not from need but by choice.

 

  • Why have they migrated? 

  • How has this affected their work?

  • How has their work affected their new homes?

  • How does the interference of cultures affect the makers of culture?

A scratch performance was shown at the University of Brighton

04-07-15

Following feedback from this performance the show has been completely rewritten to allow the voices of the interviewees to be heard.