Quantum Blue

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(2006 – 2008)

Quantum blue are art projects, realized with X-lam – a sophisticated apparatus, created by engineer Tadej Komavec.



X-lam is a digital technology to enter peoples minds. Like a Schroedinger’s cat, it is at the same time in the state of showing and not showing the image. It all depends of the way you look at it.

Our eyes are very sensitive for strong contrasts. If we look into the sun, we still see a light circle, even after we closed our eyes. X-lam uses this physiological phenomena to create images, which don’t exist outside our mind.


In Memoriam Igor Zabel

Curator Igor Zabel died because of unexpected post-surgical complications, just before the opening of the 95-05 exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art. Quantum blue gave the audience an opportunity to be, for a moment, in their minds, again joined with Igor. Video below shows how surprisingly detailed image we get, if we invert the Quantum blue video.

Exhibited in Museum of modern art, Ljubljana, 2005

Bending Einsteins’s Time-Space into a Quantum Texture

Spacial dimensions are an often issue in visual arts, but in case of X-lam, that becomes very complicated. The thin line has in the context of Newtons physics just one dimension. The observer ads the dimension of the time (the fourth dimension of Einsteins time-space) as he moves his gaze over it. One spatial dimension plus a time create a two dimensional image in observers mind. A two dimensional image is usually at a measurable distance away from observer (the third spacial dimension). But an X-lam image is inside the observer, which we could define as a negative dimension. And there is, of course, the paradox of the quantum uncertainty principle: until someone observes X-lam, there is at the same time an image and no image.

Exhibited at Break 2.3, Ljubljana, 2005

A Pseudo Woodoo ritual

X-lam fits perfect into a rave party. Intense rhythms, blinking lights and the waving mass create a magic attitude, inviting a techno-sorcery like Quantum blue to join the ritual. Dancers, swinging their heads left-right, were the ultimate Quantum blue users.

Final Flash City 6.4, Izola, 2005

Inside the Web Server

How would it feel to be an information, moving inside the Internet infrastructure?

User enters a dark room. In every corner is one X-lam, between them are loudspeakers. Whenever a file is requested from author’s web server, a synthetic voice tells its name and the nearest Xlam shows it’s image. As user follows the voices, which are coming from different directions, he moves his gaze over the X-lam and the image of the file from the web server for a moment enters his mind.

Exhibited at Heureka ’05, Gospodarsko razstavišče, Ljubljana, 2005

Alphabet City Topography

Combining technology with dance is a big challenge. The streams of digits are very different from the smoothness of a moving human body. Letters are similar to digits, transferring meaning only when in words. In the performance about the 19th century “alphabet war” two dancers played with a suspended X-lam, which was showing letters from different alphabets.

Performance at Alphabet City Topography, Metelkova mesto, 2006

The Ghost of Tutankhamun

Making selfie with a famous landmark and than hurry to the next one, is the way we perceive culture and history today. Swift, unreal, without depth.

Wanna make a selfie with Tutankhamun? You can’t, because X-lam enables either you or the landmark. To catch Tutankhamun, you must move the camera and your face is blurred. But if you catch you face, X-lam shows just a vertical light line. In spite of that, there was a terrible crush around the Quantum blue in Cairo.

Crush in front of the room with Quantum blue at the 10th Cairo International Biennale, Egypt, 2006


* Quantum blue was in 2006 also exhibited on Device.art in Zagreb, Belgrade and San Francisco, where four x-lams presented four different sacred texts. Showing texts with X-lam is a very special experience, because we know there are texts, but we can’t read them.

** in 2010 Quantum blue was exhibited in Contemporary Arts Museum Celje, showing different eyes. As we were looking at it, it was looking back at us.