The LASER Talks program of art and science debates the vocabulary and social implications of the second quantum revolution

The Laser Talks (Leonard Art Science Evening Rendezvous) project in Valencia has organised a debate this Friday, September 22 in Las Naves, as part of the Volumes International Festival of Digital Art, Science, Technology and Music, where the characteristics of the second quantum revolution and the basic vocabulary, the fundamental effects or the social, political and critical implications of that revolution in scientific, technological and cultural fabrics will be reviewed. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will be moderated by Guillermo Muñoz Matutano, Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Institute of Materials Science (ICMUV) of the University of Valencia.

The event, which will be held in Spanish and with free registration here , is organised by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in collaboration with the University of Valencia (UV), the Piratas de la Ciencia y Las Naves association, and will have the intervention of researchers such as Miguel Ángel García March, Anabel Oblide González (both from the UPV) and Alejandro Gaita Ariño (Institute of Molecular Science, ICMOL-UV). The Australian artist Lauren Moffatt will also participate, who will discuss the influence of science and technology on artistic creation.

After the round table, the artist Lauren Moffatt (VR Visuals) and the sound artist and biologist Ruben García will make a VR performance and a sound improvisation called "Of Hybrids and Strings".

The development of quantum mechanics as a physical theory consolidated in the first half of the twentieth century technologies of high social and geopolitical value such as military or civil nuclear energy, the semiconductor or laser industry. With this first revolution, they challenged many of the conceptual imaginaries that until then had been taken for granted, by studying the characteristics of matter from its simple constituents: atoms, photons, electrons... John Bell’s article " On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox ", of 1964, meant a new scientific breakthrough and gave rise to new experiments and technologies that made use of these quantum concepts applied to individual physical systems. It was the second quantum revolution, quantum technologies 2.0, or Quantum 2.0.

LASER Talks is a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and informative conversations with the wider public. Its mission is to encourage the contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. There are already groups in more than 50 cities around the world.