How do you envisage something that would be altered simply by your own observation of it? Join Quantum Physicist Michel Devoret and Visual Artist Martha W. Lewis to investigate the relationships between art and science, to discuss their collaboration, and the benefits of engaging in multidisciplinary activities. Conversation moderated by Florian Carle.
I'll Be Your Qubit!
Florian earned his PhD in 2014 from Aix Marseille University in France for his experimental work on droplets evaporation under microgravity. During his thesis, he collaborated with the French (CNES) and European (ESA) space agencies to perform experiments abroad the zero-G aircraft where he loved to float in weightlessness with his experimental rack. He then joined the laboratories of Yale SEAS Dean Kyle Vanderlick and Eric Brown, where he developed a liquid dynamo to be able to answer magneto-related questions rising from Earth, Sun, or other astral objects magnetic field studies. In 2016, Florian joined the Yale Quantum Institute where, as the Manager, he creates programing to promote research and teaching of quantum science on the Yale campus, curates several series of talks and workshops, and facilitates scientific collaboration by hosting leading scientists from around the world. Outside of science, Florian is one of the captains of the Yale Grad Crew rowing team, and enjoys theater, the WWE, and spending time with his cat Raccoon.
After an early career in France at the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique in Saclay, Michel Devoret joined Yale University in 2002 and is now the F. W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics. He also taught at the College de France in Paris. Michel focuses his research on experimental solid-state physics with emphasis on quantum mechanical electronic devices. He is known for his groundbreaking contributions in the field of superconducting quantum circuits. Michel is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the French Academy of Sciences. Along numerous awards, he has been awarded the 2013 John Bell Prize, shared with YQI director Rob Schoelkopf for "Fundamental and pioneering experimental advances in entangling superconducting qubits and microwave photons, and their application to quantum information processing". Michel and his wife Marie-Hélène have over the years enthusiastically followed art creation in New Haven through various manifestations such as the City Wide Open Studios.
Martha Willette Lewis
Martha Lewis is an artist; curator and the host of the radio program “Live Culture”. Much of Martha’s work explores aspects of the history of science and human knowledge, through the means of drawing and installation. Her recent work involves drawing in three dimensions, crumpling paper and mapping is surfaces. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Decordova Museum in Massachusetts and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK. Currently, she is represented by Planthouse Gallery in New York, and Central Booking Gallery, New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, Chapman University in Orange, California and Nuffield College, Oxford, U.K. She is also the Curator-in-Residence at the Institute Library in New Haven, where she organizes art exhibits based around the subjects of books, words, archives or collections. Martha holds an MFA from Yale University, and a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York. She joined YQI as first-ever artist-in-residence in September 2017.