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12.06.2012

 

Edition Lammerhuber : the enchantment of light particles or quantum physicist ‘Mister Beam’ at the documenta (13). Signed and numbered edition of 999 up for grabs for true quantum physics fans

To make sure that quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger’s display remains memorable for several of the approximately half a million visitors, Zeilinger and the Edition Lammerhuber came up with a print product, which can be passed on to those, who make the effort to express their own personal interest in quantum physics in a written statement – addressed to Professor Zeilinger.

In return, Zeilinger will choose those he found particularly significant and honour them with a dedicated, personal, signed and numbered booklet, which explains and covers his experiments that are exhibited in Kassel. The edition is limited to 999 pieces.

‘Quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger aims to showcase phenomena that are hard or near impossible to grasp with your mind during the dOCUMENTA (13). Will the art world be able to handle it?’ - a question asked by Max Rauner of ZEIT MAGAZIN. He continues, ‘a few weeks ago, we would have agreed that anything but physics is contemplated at the Boltzmanngasse 3 in Vienna. Today, we can’t be sure if that statement remains valid.’

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the artistic director of the dOCUMENTA (13) and its curator Chus Martinez visited the quantum physicist and following 'long and intense discussions about space, time, causality and the true nature of beings behind their appearance as well as the relationship of art and science’ (Zeilinger), they invited him to the Advisory Board and asked him to present one of his experiments at Kassel.

Anton Zeilinger said ‘although it might not sound like your average job description for a scientist and it ultimately results in a lot of work for me and my staff, I am happy to do it and I think it is going to be a lot of fun’.

Indeed, it proved rather challenging to photograph the experimental set-ups in question and to make visible what can hardly be discerned by the naked eye. If you have a head for poetry, you might describe Zeilinger and his colleagues’ experiments as ‘enchanting particles of light’. Zeilinger prefers to call it 'interlocking'. What it translates to is that 'particles of light can exist at a distance of hundreds of kilometres between each other and still be connected in some way. If you intervene at one point of the connection, you will be able to observe results at the other.’ That may very well be rock-hard scientific proof but still very hard to fathom for the mind.

It turned out to be quite a few exciting days for photographer Lois Lammerhuber and Martin Ackerl, post-production, as they attempted to make the invisible visible in five experiments. Zeilinger: ‘You have to imagine, if you detect singular particles of light, it's usually in total darkness. For the dOCUMENTA (13), my team and I have found a way to realise the experiment in a lit environment.’

Furthermore, the visitor is encouraged to contemplate such questions as 'what is the role of the beholder' or 'our world as a source of information?'. To quote Zeilinger: ‘I am not an advocate of constructivism, but I believe in the Copenhagen interpretation. According to the latter, the quantum-mechanical state of the world is the information we have about our world … it turns out that information is a crucial element of the world itself. It seems we have to kiss goodbye to the naïve belief that the world exists in itself, without being swayed by our doing and observation.’

Anton Zeilinger (born on 20 May 1945 in Ried im Innkreis, Austria) is an Austrian quantum physicist. He is currently professor of physics at the University of Vienna.

Following his A-levels at the Hietzinger Gymnasium, Zeilinger went on to study physics and mathematics from 1963 to 1971 at the University of Vienna. He graduated in 1971 with his thesis ‘Neutron Depolarization in Dysprosium Single Crystals’. He habilitated at the Technical University of Vienna in 1979. After stops in the USA, France, Australia and Germany, he became a university professor at the University of Innsbruck in 1990 and chairman of the institute for experimental physics.

He was the dean of the University of Vienna's physics faculty from 2006 to 2009.

In particular, Zeilinger gained notoriety for his experiments in quantum teleportation in Innsbruck in Vienna, which enjoyed quiet a lot of media attention. He still bears the nickname 'Mr. Beam' because of the experiments.

In 2005, the renowned English weekly newspaper New Statesman named Anton Zeilinger one of '10 people who could change the world'. The Zeilinger asteroid (48681) was named after him to mark his 60th birthday in 2005. He was the seventh holder of the Johannes Gutenberg-Foundation professorship at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz in the summer semester of 2006. In 2009, Anton Zeilinges was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz. He was the first Austrian to become a member of Académie des sciences de l'Institut de France by the end of 2009. In 2010, he was awarded the Wolf Award for physics, together with Alain Aspect and John Clauser.

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EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : Anton Zeilinger @ dOCUMENTA (13)