Time Beings : Quantum Beings for Art Exploration and Creation

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Alain Lioret: Time Beings : Quantum Beings for Art Exploration and Creation. In: Generative Art 2013.



Time Beings are a population of creator artificial beings. They take various forms of elementary corpuscles, according to various types of artwork (pixel, frame, vertex, note, word). They operate on the basis of quantum properties and can travel in space-time works of art. Their purpose is artistic exploration and/or creation. Relying specifically on computation of superposition states with Qubits and rules of Quantum Cellular Automata, Time Beings open new ways for artistic creation. They offer an innovative method for Artistic Time Travel, with scaling in the image space, film space, object space, score space and paper space.

Time traveling in space is one of the great fantasies of humanity. Inconceivable according to the principles of classical physics, this theme is back strongly, thanks to quantum mechanics. However, this remains a great utopia for the world-scale physics of our universe. How about in the art world? It is known that quantum principles apply only at very small scales at the atomic level. However, art can explore ways that are often unreachable for scientists. The work presented here, based on the concept of Time Beings as artificial creators, tries to translate the principles of quantum mechanics and Time Travel into the realm of artwork. Projection from our real space on a canvas painting, a sculpture, poetry or film, opens new perspectives for very interesting artwork explorations, and also methods of creation.

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