Green slime hangs off a metallic structure, the sculpture sits on a white plinth
Visual Arts

Ooze Machines

Libby Heaney
Sat 4 May - Sun 30 Jun 2024
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A solo exhibition by award-winning visual artist and quantum physicist, Dr Libby Heaney.

Ooze Machines features an immersive multi-channel video, new glass and 2D works and a playable experience. Both seductive and repulsive, slime is a recurring motif throughout the show.

Heaney sees the microscopic quantum world as slime-like and fluid, rather than precise and point-like as we might imagine. Arising from this is the innate sliminess of our bodies, other life forms and machines. Playfully, Heaney also contends with the so-called slimy nature of big tech.

Through a layered aesthetic, Ooze Machines offers a first glimpse into the non-binary, entangled futures that quantum technologies will bring. Quantum devices, like quantum computers, function entirely differently than current binary technologies and when fully developed will enable us to see intricate connections and entanglements between matter, energy, space and time.

Co-presented with Phoenix Art Space

A gallery space with white carpet and colourful chairs displaying Libby Heaney's Ooze Machines exhibition
A girl sits on the floor, behind her is an oozing sculpture, and in front of her is a big screen
A close up of a purple, oozing sculpture with a gold video game controller pressed in to it. Behind the sculpture is a large digital screen
Libby Heaney, a white woman, sits on stage. There are large projections of her artwork behind her and an audience is silhoutted in front of her
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A gallery space with white carpet and colourful chairs displaying Libby Heaney's Ooze Machines exhibition
A girl sits on the floor, behind her is an oozing sculpture, and in front of her is a big screen
A close up of a purple, oozing sculpture with a gold video game controller pressed in to it. Behind the sculpture is a large digital screen
Libby Heaney, a white woman, sits on stage. There are large projections of her artwork behind her and an audience is silhoutted in front of her

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