Quantum physics meets art

I first discovered the works of Julian Voss-Andreae (V-Andreae, 2000) from the book of ‘Colliding Worlds’ (Miller, n.d ) . Now online with additional artists the book does not have, this version gives further insights into the evolution of science and art from the traditional to the contemporary (Marshall, J. n.d). Stating these artists are not only incorporating modern technology but are at one with it,  Miller discusses the collaboration between art science and technology from since the 1970’s era (Highfield and miller, 2016). Interesting to discover this ‘new’ movement of sciart has actually been around for many years in the background of the art scene.

Andreae’s larger than life figures are a type of sciart I enjoy, not only aesthetically interesting, as his knowledge and process that fascinate and inspire me most. With previous study in sciences and quantum physics, it is of no surprise that his sculptures represent the relationship between our natural world, spiritual awareness and the significance of understanding the universe as a whole. Andreae’s choice of medium and the process of applying his notion to his works also imply every element of his scientific knowledge. For example, Andreae’s  Quantum man and subsequent figure sculptures are simply designed from a curiosity, of what quantum physics would look like in a physical form (V-Andreae, 2000).


The application of scientific knowledge that Julian Voss-Andreae adds to his work is astounding. 


Portraying his understanding of quantum physics through the parallel of opposites, male and female sculptures sitting across from one another, he also shows the importance of stretching space between them, but as one with the mechanics of his design. As you pass the figures, they disappear and reappear as the slides of steel are only thinly connected allowing the space between the two to stretch across the path. This also ties in with topology as each figure is made with exactly the same parts and dimensions yet each figure does not connect physically to the other . The concept is a fascinating one if you understand the basic elements of quantum physics which of course I had to research, otherwise they are a beautiful aesthetic in their own right.


Highfield, R. and Miller, A. (2016). Colliding Worlds: the advance of art-sci. [podcast] unknown: Sciencemuseum. Available at: https://soundcloud.com/sciencemuseum/helix-colliding-worlds-1 [Accessed 28 Dec. 2016].

Julian Voss-Andreae, (2014). visualising the invisible. [image] Available at: http://julianvossandreae.com/works/ [Accessed 28 Dec. 2016].

Marshall, J. (n.d.). Colliding Worlds – How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art. [online] Collidingworlds.org. Available at: http://www.collidingworlds.org [Accessed 28 Dec. 2016].

Miller, A. (n.d.). Colliding worlds. 1st ed. London: W W Norton & Company, pp.119-120.

V-Andreae, J. (2000). Home – Julian Voss-Andreae. [online] Julian Voss-Andreae. Available at: http://julianvossandreae.com [Accessed 28 Dec. 2016].


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