Projections

An academic talk and the subsequent discussion is a public display of an otherwise mostly closed-door affair, and it exposes the complex nature of the creation of knowledge. Projections is a series of artworks aiming to give visual representation to academic talks, mostly on the topics of physics and philosophy of physics. In a way, each Projection is a field report of my experience of a talk, which itself is a multidimensional beast existing in a space that exceeds the four-dimensional confines of a conference room. The talk is diffracted by my own sensibilities and projected onto the paper in real time. Some pieces are the projections of the abstract conceptual world of our models of reality and their symbolic representations: String, Loop, Set; Zero, Asymptotic, Infinity; State, Superposition, Entanglement. Others capture the emotional and the social dimensions of the talk: Enthusiasm, Self-doubt, Bravado; Camaraderie, Conflict, Agreement; Confusion, Insight, Understanding. Most of the Projections, however, are half-profiles: Confinement, Freedom, Exclusion; Interaction, Interference, Perturbation; Uncertainty, Confidence, Safety.

I’ve held two artist residencies as part of this project, one at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada and the other at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. Artwork made during the residency at the Perimeter Institute is on permanent display at the institute and was featured in the Fall 2018 edition of Inside Perimeter.

Select projections can be bought as prints on Society6.com: https://society6.com/kacabradonjic.


Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University
London, ON, Canada
June 11-12, 2016

  • Jeffrey Bub, "Yes! We Have No Bananas"
  • Rüdiger Schack, "Participatory realism"
  • Richard Healey, "Correlations, probabilities and quantum states"
  • Lucien Hardy, "Operational Road to Quantum Gravity"
  • Drawing
  • Marissa Giustina, "Significant loophole-free test of Bell's theorem with entangled photons"
  • A drawing
  • Matthew Pusey, "Is QBism 80% complete, or 20%?"
  • Drawing
  • Drawing



International Summer Institute in Philosophy of Physics on the Philosophy of Gravity
Hosted by the University of Geneva and the University of Illinois at Chicago Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project
Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA

June 19-24, 2016

  • Alyssa Ney, "A Primer on Emergence"
  • Gordon Belot, "Background Independence"
  • Đorđe Minić, "String Theory – an overview"
  • Keizo Matsubara, "Dualities and Spacetime in String Theory"
  • Alyssa Ney, "Functionalizing Space in Quantum Mechanics"
  • Jenann Ismael, "Seeing Space"
  • Jenann Ismael, "Time Perception"
  • Emergence and Correspondence Reading Group, Day 2
  • Emergence and Correspondence Reading Group, Day 3
  • Gordon Belot, "Ten Weird Things about de Sitter Spacetime"
  • Carlo Rovelli, "Space and Time (or not?) in Loop Quantum Gravity"
  • Christian Wüthrich, "Quantum Gravity: Motivations and Implications"
  • Đorđe Minić, "Modular Spacetime and Metastring Theory"
  • Carlo Rovelli, "Is Time’s Arrow Perspectival?"



UMass Amherst, Philosophy Colloquium
February 24, 2017

Jill North, “Spatiotemporal Structure and the Relational-Subsantival Debate”



Abner Shimony Forum, Experimental Metaphysics 30 Years On
Co-Sponsored by the BU Department of Philosophy and BU Quantum Computation & Measurement Lab
April 28, 2017




20th Eastern Gravity Meeting
Penn State
State College, PA, USA

June 9-10, 2017




Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University
London, ON, Canada
June 12-14, 2017

  • Daniele Oriti, “Cosmology as quantum gravity hydrodynamics: emergent universe without fundamental space and time”
  • Nick Huggett, “Cosmological Aspects of Quantum Gravity”
  • Lee Smolin, “Galaxy rotation curves: missing matter, or missing physics?”
  • Niayesh Afshordi, “Reflections on Spacetime”
  • Tessa Baker, “Agnostic Tests of Gravity”
  • Robert Brandenberger, “Emergent space and its possible observational signatures”
  • Karen Crowther, “Emergence, Reduction, and Correspondence in the Context of Quantum Gravity”
  • Henrique Gomes, “Timeless cosmology with records”
  • Michela Massimi, “Three problems about multi-scale modelling in contemporary cosmology”
  • Simon Saunders, “What is space-time geometry? — the non-relativistic case”
  • Francesca Vidotto, “Quanta of spacetime in a non-singular universe”



International Symposium on “Education and Gender Equality”
Organized by The Suzy Newhouse Center for Humanities at Wellesley CollegeConsulate General of France in Boston, and Sciences Po Paris.
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA, USA
October 20-21, 2017

  • Hélène Périvier, "Gender-based statistics"
  • Closing Remarks by Valéry Freland, Consul General of France in Boston

Asymptotic Safety in a Dark Universe
Perimeter Institute
Waterloo, ON, Canada
June 5-7, 2018




Emergence, Effectiveness, and Equivalence in Physics
Boston Colloquium for Philosophy and History of Science
Boston University, Center for Philosophy and History of Science
Boston, MA
October 19, 2018

  • Watercolor painting "Sebastian De Haro, 'Towards a Theory of Emergence for the Physical Sciences' 2"
  • Watercolor painting "Sebastian De Haro, 'Towards a Theory of Emergence for the Physical Sciences' 1"
  • Watercolor painting "Karen Crowther, 'Emergence in Effective Field Theory and Quantum Gravity' 1"
  • Watercolor painting "Jeremy Butterfield, 'Equivalence and Emergence within Dualities in Physics'"
  • Watercolor painting "Karen Crowther, 'Emergence in Effective Field Theory and Quantum Gravity' 2"
  • Watercolor painting "Doreen Fraser, Formal Analogies and Theoretical Equivalence'”



100 Years of Emmy Noether’s Theorems
Boston Colloquium for Philosophy and History of Science
Boston University, Center for Philosophy and History of Science
Boston, MA
November 30, 2018