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through symposium and concert

On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of bilateral relations between Switzerland and Japan, the Science and Technology Office Tokyo (STO) of the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, together with the RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing (RQC), organized a “Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024.” On the final day, a special art x science performance,“Tinguely Entangled,” was held by the Embassy of Switzerland in cooperation with Interfinity, an interdisciplinary and innovative music festival in Basel.

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Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024

The Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024 attracted a large number of high-level researchers and experts from academia, industry and government, to share knowledge, and explore potential collaborations in quantum science. Held from June 5 to 7 at the University of Tokyo, the event brought about constant lively exchanges between the young and prominent researchers and specialists.

The first Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium successfully brought together over 200 participants joining over three days. About 20% were international participants, underlining the high level of scientific research conducted in the two countries.

Co-organized by RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution, and the Science and Technology Office Tokyo (STO), Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, in collaboration with the two scientific co-chairs, Prof. Daniel Loss from the University of Basel and Prof. Yasunobu Nakamura from the RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing (RQC), the event created a unique opportunity for lively exchanges between prominent and young researchers. The auditorium was constantly attended by over 100 interested participants each day.

On this occasion, members of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan and representatives of the Swiss Quantum Initiative and Swiss Quantum Commission held a first meeting to discuss the support of advancements in quantum research and collaboration between the two countries.

The Welcome Dinner hosted at the Swiss Residence by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Dr. Andreas Baum, on Tuesday, June 4, officially inaugurated the Symposium. The event marks another celebration of the 160-year anniversary of diplomatic relations. The guests were offered a preview of the special art x science performance Tinguely Entangled.

The Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium concluded with participants expressing enthusiasm for the new relationships built during these three days, which helped strengthen ties of the Swiss-Japanese quantum network.

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Tinguely Entangled

On June 7, the final day of the Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024, a very special art x science performance was offered to 90 guests for its first-ever representation outside Switzerland.  At the intersection of quantum physics, live and electronic music, visual arts, and poetry, “Tinguely Entangled” is a unique interdisciplinary project conceptualized and curated by Swiss pianist and Interfinity director Lukas Loss.

At dusk, the audience had the exclusive opportunity to delve into a profound and unique spatial experience meticulously crafted to immerse each and every one in the world of quantum mechanics. The venue transformed into a dynamic canvas, with 12 musicians strategically scattered throughout, creating an enveloping soundscape that defied traditional spatial boundaries. Visual effects and light projections danced across the space, seamlessly blending with the scientific narration provided by physicists Henry Legg and Valerii Kozin, metaphorically illustrating quantum phenomena such as Qubits, entanglement, sweet spots, ‘dressed’ particles, and error correction to only name a few. This multi-sensory orchestration offered spectators a total immersion, blurring the lines between art, science, and spatial perception.

The first rendition of this interdisciplinary project took place in 2023 at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, home to both renowned Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely and the National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR SPIN), from which the piece derives its name. In January 2024, it was performed at the World Economic Forum in Davos (WEF) as part of the Global Quantum Economy round table. The representation in Tokyo was the first international edition and will be followed by one at the annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society in California in March 2025.

本パフォーマンスは、スイス人ピアニスト・インターフィニティのディレクター、ルーカス・ロス(Lukas Loss)が、バーゼル大学を拠点とするNCCR SPINの研究者ヘンリー・レッグ(Henry Legg)と共同で脚本を制作。物理学者のアリアンナ・ニグロ(Arianna Nigro)、ラファエル・エグリ(Rafael Eggli)、ヴァレリイ・コジン(Valerii Kozin)、リウ・ジョンチン(Jung-Ching Liu)らと制作した共同プロジェクトです。

音楽・作曲 Linda Leimane
映像制作 Luca Scarzella、Michele Innocente
企画・制作 Lukas Loss
脚本 Henry Legg 、Lukas Loss

物理学者 Henry Legg、Rafael Eggli、 Arianna Nigro、Valerii Kozin、Jung-Ching Liu
ミュージシャン Ensemble Nomad & Anna Gagane (クラリネット)

Date: June 7, 2024 (Fri) at 19:00
Venue: Seihoku Gallery, Yayoi Auditorium Annex, University of Tokyo
Organizer: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan / Vitatlity.Swiss , Interfinity

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