Random Revolution

Project: Random Revolution.
Partner: Lancaster University,
Barbican Life Rewired, Royal Society.

Random Revolution: an immersive journey into the quantum world. Powered by the research of Pr Rob Young (Royal Society Research Fellow) and commmissioned by the Barbican Life Rewired Hub.

What if our digital landscape was driven and kept secure by pure randomness?

Year

2019

Sector

Quantum Physics

Discipline

Computer science
Technology
Exhibition
Scenography
Lighting design
Motion design

Ethos

Non binary
Interactive
Randomness
Driven by nature
Immersive
Procedural graphics

“Randomness plays a vital role in the digital networks that make modern life possible”

Einstein didn’t believe that randomness was at the heart of the physics that governs our world. Arguably, randomness could hold the key to making our digital world  more secure.

Randomness plays a vital role in the digital networks that make modern life possible. It keeps our communications and financial transactions secure, and is central to computer simulations and stock market analysis.

Random Revolution explores the laws that are governing the internet, our lives and nature.

“Random Revolution confronts pure randomness in procedural graphics with the randomness of visitors”

Random Revolution confronts pure randomness in procedural graphics and projection pattern with the randomness of visitors behaviour. It visually compares traditional binary states with quantum states in a play of light, perception and optics.

Visitors can visualize their own data shadow, and perceive a random stream of number linked to their presence.

“The intrinsic uncertainty of quantum mechanics can be used to generate randomness”

The quantum world is ruled by chance: nature’s building blocks (matter and energy) can simultaneously occupy opposite states. If such systems are observed they instantly collapse into one or the other state randomly, with no way to predict the outcome. This a phenomenon called superposition.

A team at Lancaster led by Pr Rob Young (Royal Society research fellow, head of the Quantum technology centre and founder of Quantum base) have developed a groundbreaking innovation using this phenomenon: a quantum tunneling device.

The intrinsic uncertainty of quantum mechanic can be used to generate powerful streams of random numbers and sequences which can then be used to encrypt and decipher our browsers, messages or transactions.

“The quantum world is ruled by chance”

Will true randomness make our systems more natural and less predictable for the human mind?

We live in a post-digital society, where our reliance on software, hardware, and the networks that connect us, grows exponentially. It is crucial to think of the way we design those networks.

Reflecting on technological advancements in information technology, Random Revolution wants to open a discussion on the role of randomness in our lives and possible futures for our digital networks.

Project supported by the Royal Society and Lancaster University

Project supported by the Royal Society and Lancaster University.

Scientific direction: Pr Rob Young
Creative direction: Cellule studio in collaboration with Cecilia Gonzalez
Curator: James Upton
Co-producers: Cellule studio and Cecilia Gonzalez
Content and video: Cellule studio
Photography: Gareth Williams
Programmer: Will Young
Soundscape: Arthur Astier

Additional visuals: Garth McKee, Gabriel Thomas.
Special thanks to KitMapper