Immerse yourself in the invisible world of the subatomic – the quantum realm.
Within a gallery filled with floor to ceiling images, the land of parallel universes comes alive. Immerse yourself in a state of flux, a quantum state that has intriguing connections to local Indigenous world views. Quantum Sandbox might just change your view of the world … or at least open things up. And the best part is, there is no test!
The Indigenous ways of knowing expressed within this experience were gifted by Blackfoot community members. Indigenous communities across Turtle Island (North America) and around the world have unique ways of knowing because they are connected to their ancestral lands. There are 45 Indigenous groups in Alberta, over 600 across Canada and more than 70 distinct languages spoken and many other dialects. Note that Indigenous communities pre-date modern geo-political borders.
This experience is a continuous loop approximately 20 minutes long. It can be entered and exited at any point.
Quantum Sandbox is included in general admission to Spark and free for members! General admission provides access to the whole science centre. That includes two stories of exhibit halls, two theatres and live happenings on any given day!
Food and drinks are not allowed in this experience. Enjoy delicious goodies in the Spark Eatery on the second floor or Astronaut Ice Cream cafe near the front lobby!
Suitable for people of all ages. Some people may find this experience disorienting.
Relationships or measurement? Many people have a desire to know by measuring. But what if the simple act of measuring eliminates the possibility of knowing? The universe is in a state of constant motion, so any attempt to stop it and measure, changes what it is that you are trying to “know.”
The state of subatomic harmony. How many states of matter are there? Think of the three you learned in elementary school – solid, liquid, gas. The next is plasma, which is like a gas but composed of charged particles. The fifth state of matter, Bose-Einstein Condensate, is quite special…
Widening the window of the world. Humans have a limited natural sensory range. Think about the colours we see – the visible light spectrum – like rainbows. We hear in a limited frequency range. Think about your radio dial. There is a range on the dial, but sounds exist outside of that range.
TELUS Spark Science Centre
Eden Creative Studio and Supply & Demand Studio
Dr. Leroy Little Bear (Kainai)
Rob Cardinal (Siksika)
Interactive Sound Effects
Alex Scalplock (head drummer and cultural teacher)
Chief Crowfoot School Little Warriors Drummers (big drum)
Hal Eagletail (voice, hand drum, rattle)
Cherokee Eagletail (voice)
Tristen Eagletail (hand drum, voice)
Dallas Arcand Jr. (flute)
Supply & Demand
Robert (Bob) Levac
Philippe C. Gariépy (Ros-B)
Interactive Programmers and Integration
Technical Director and Projection System Designer
Scenic Project Manager
Technical System Designer and Installation Supervisor
Robert (Bob) Levac
Modular Exhibit System
Supply & Demand
Black Cab Productions inc.
This show was Inspired by "Cymatic Quantum,"
an original idea by Romain Constant in collaboration with Raphael Dupont
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Eden Creative Studio
Peter D’Amico, engineer, Boxer Productions
Dallas Arcand Jr., engineer, Boxer Productions
TELUS Spark Project Team
Mary Anne Moser