The exhibition “Quantica: In Search of the Invisible” gives us the keys to understanding the principles of fundamental physics, and it does so through the joint creative work of scientists, educators and artists. The project invites the public to browse freely, to awaken their curiosity, and to critically evaluate the new paradigms of modern science.
“Quantica” is a project curated by Mónica Bello and José Carlos Mariátegui, with the physicist José Ignacio Latorre as scientific advisor.
The exhibition was co-produced by ScANNER (the Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), composed of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva); FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool); CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona); IMAL (interactive Media Arts Laboratory, Brussels); and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes. ScANNER was initiated through the Collide lnternational residency Award 2016-2018, a partnership programme between CERN and FACT.
The scientific display consists of both digital panels, as well as laboratory instruments, and is complemented by debates and talks or even classes for both physics students and the general public. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB) and the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the University of Barcelona participate in this part of the exhibition with different activities and facilities. Among these, there displays of «Simulations of quantum physics» carried out in a collaboration project between undergraduates, professors and researchers of the ICCUB, a talk «What do we mean when we speak of quantum physics?» with researchers David Mateos (ICREA-ICCUB) and Maciej Lewenstein (ICREA), a video featuring the PhD student Alba Cervera (ICCUB), researcher in quantum computing, or a guided visit to the exhibition by its scientific advisor, José Ignacio Latorre(ICCUB). The exhibit also includes the classic experiment of Helium spectrum, an experiment that allow to quantiphy the energy levels of the atom, or the experiment of the double slit with laser designed by the Applied Physics department.