"The enigma of art is that we don't know what it is until it is no longer what it was." (Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev)

"Maybe no one fits the theme. Not that I know what the subject actually is." (Anton Zeilinger)

The Austrian quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger (University of Vienna) - known, among other things, for the successful teleportation of quantum particles - will be awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics by the Swedish Academy of Sciences together with his colleagues John Clauser and Alain Aspect.


In the run-up to dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Zeilinger was first appointed to the advisory board by the artistic director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, and later invited to demonstrate quantum physics experiments during the exhibition. As a documenta contribution - which he expressly did not want to be (mis)understood as art - he created five experiments on the fundamentals of quantum physics (such as interference, fundamental randomness and non-locality) which were presented during the exhibition months in the Fridericianum and explained by Zeilinger's Viennese students and doctoral candidates.


More information on "spooky action at a distance" and the phenomenon of "entanglement" can be found in the dOCUMENTA 13 video glossary or in the SWR2 feature.