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Reality Lost: an unconventional film on quantum physics

Reality Lost is an hour-long documentary about quantum physics filmed in Singapore in 2012-13 by Karol Jalochowski. It explores the profound implications of quantum physics for how we understand the world (see the synopsis). Taking an unconventional approach, researchers are interviewed in locations ranging from the jungle to a pottery. It also features sequences of contemporary dance illustrating quantum concepts. We are pleased to make available a trailer and selected excerpts and bonus scenes while we explore distribution options for the full program. Full credits below list the scientists and others involved in making Reality Lost.

Karol made the film during his appointment at CQT as an Outreach Fellow, on sabbatical from his role as writer with Polityka. Some behind-the-scenes shots of the process are collected on his blog, Quantum Dreams.

Please contact Karol Jalochowski or Jenny Hogan if you are interested in screening Reality Lost.

REALITY LOST DOCUMENTARY - TRAILER TWO from Karol Jalochowski on Vimeo.

Synopsis

At the beginning of the 20th Century, a major shift took place in science. Scientists started doing experiments with unprecedented precision – fiddling with single particles, atoms, and electrons. And they got bewildered. Small objects seemed to have sort of fuzzy properties. What’s more, the very act of observing them, of measuring them, seemed to bring them to life, excavate them from a vague domain. The equations of quantum mechanics were beautiful. They generated astonishingly correct answers for mind-boggling questions about the exotic micro world. But there was a price to pay. Objective reality had to go. Was it regained?

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Credits

SCIENTISTS ON SCREEN

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

Physicist, theorist, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

Artur Ekert

Physicist, theorist, director of Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore; Professor of Quantum Physics, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Valerio Scarani

Physicist, theorist, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

Christian Kurtsiefer

Physicist, experimentalist, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

Charles Bennett

Physicist, information theorist and IBM Fellow at IBM Research.

Gilles Brassard

Physicist, theorist at Université de Montréal

Stephanie Wehner

Physicist, theorist, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

Vlatko Vedral

Physicist, theorist, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, and University of Oxford

WRITTEN AND FILMED BY

Karol Jalochowski

HOSTED BY

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

SUPPORTED BY

Artur Ekert

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHED AND PERFORMED BY

Strangeweather Movement Group Segments adapted from the performance “The Spooky Action at a Distance”

Faye Lim

Bernice Lee

Christina Chan Jia Ai

Daniel Sahagun Sanchez - a physicists too

POTTERY SEQUENCES FILMED AT

Thow Kwang Industry

ARTWORKS BY

Steven Low Thia Kwang

Ng Yang Ce

MUSIC

Jessica Lurie Ensemble

"Baba Yaga’s Seven League Boots", "Shop of Wild Dreams", "Dreamsville", "Hunger Artist Theme", "The 43rd Day", "Sleepwalker’s Travel Guide", "Pinjur", "Grinch", "Z.I.P.A.", "For A Thousand Kisses (instrumental version)", "I Don’t Care If I Don’t Care (instrumental version)"

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

SOUND CO-RECORDED BY

Momo Lu Yin

PHOTOGRAPHS

European Laboratory for Particle Physics Leo Baeck Institute Krishnamurti Foundation Trust

MANY THANKS TO

Ewa, Kajtek, and Jedrek Jalochowski Asanthi Shiyara Mendis Akihito Soeda Jenny Hogan

AND MANY THANKS FOR HOSPITALITY TO

Tan Teck Yoke and Yulianti Tan of Thow Kwang Industry Ltd. Steven Low Thia Kwang Ng Yang Ce

THANKS FOR ENCOURAGEMENT TO

Polityka Weekly

MOVIE GRANT BY

Centre for Quantum Techologies

National University of Singapore

FILMED IN SINGAPORE, 2013