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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Presents DARK MATTER, an Exhibition Featuring Celebrated Works by British Artist Faisal Abdu’Allah

DARK MATTER, on view through April 2, 2023, includes a selection of the artist's most celebrated series

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Presents DARK MATTER, an Exhibition Featuring Celebrated Works by British Artist Faisal Abdu’Allah
The Duppy Conqueror (triptych), 2017

Jacquard tapestries, 117 x 60 inches, each. Courtesy of the Artist and Magnolia Editions.

MADISON, Wis. - October 13, 2022 - (Newswire.com)

DARK MATTER an exhibition by British artist Faisal Abdu'Allah, is now on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA). The exhibition explores personal identity, cultural representation, and self-determination.

DARK MATTER, open through April 2, 2023, includes a selection of the artist's most celebrated series, as well as a reconstruction of Garden of Eden (2003/2022), an architectural installation the artist created in collaboration with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye. It is the first time that Garden of Eden will be exhibited in the United States. This interactive work separates visitors based on genetic traits—in this case, eye color. With Garden of Eden, Abdu'Allah points to the privileges conferred to certain people based on the nuances of their genetic matter. 

In other works, Abdu'Allah uses human hair—a carrier of DNA—and focuses on the ritual of cutting hair. Abdu'Allah is also a trained barber, a profession he has fully integrated into his artistic practice, most notably through his Live Salon performances (2006-present). During each Live Salon session, he provides free haircuts to willing participants and engages them in open-ended conversations about issues surrounding contemporary social identity and representation. 

In Hairtraits (2016-present), Abdu'Allah uses participants' actual hair, which he blends into a fine powder to render their portrait on paper. The artist explains, "Essentially, it brings their DNA, their identity, into the work. Our hair carries a trace of who we are, and it is extremely political. In the history of post-colonialism, the straighter your hair was, the higher up on the chain of respect you were." 

As a prelude to DARK MATTER, a stone counter-monument titled Blu³eprint was installed outside the Museum in February 2022. Abdu'Allah first conceived of the sculpture several years ago in response to debates about the role of monuments and their removal from public view. 

DARK MATTER was organized by former MMoCA Curator of Exhibitions Leah Kolb. Presenting Sponsorship for DARK MATTER has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Faisal Abdu'Allah is a British-born, Wisconsin-based artist and barber. He studied in London at the Royal College of Art. He is Professor of Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2019 Mayor of London Award, 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Program for Painters and Sculptors, 2012 Mayors prize for sustainability for his film Double Pendulum, Decibel Visual Artist Award, London, and First Prize at the Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia.

Abdu'Allah is an Honorary Professor at the University of Bedfordshire (UK). In 2021, he was named the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art offers free daily admission. The Museum includes four galleries and The Shop, a space to provide interactive contemporary art experiences and educational workshops to the community.

MMoCA's galleries are open Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 p.m. Please visit mmoca.org to learn more. 

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BosonQ Psi to Integrate the World’s First Quantum-Powered Engineering Simulation Software With the Strangeworks Ecosystem

BosonQ Psi joins Strangeworks Quantum Syndicate, and integrates the company's flagship software, BQPhy™, with Strangeworks' hardware ecosystem, thereby enabling its customers a full-stack quantum experience.

BosonQ Psi to Integrate the World’s First Quantum-Powered Engineering Simulation Software With the Strangeworks Ecosystem
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AUSTIN, Texas - December 5, 2022 - (Newswire.com)

Strangeworks announced its partnership with BosonQ Psi (BQP) by being the quantum system provider for BQP's simulation platform, BQPhy™, the world's first quantum-powered engineering simulation software for enterprise customers in aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, biotech, and many others. With this partnership, BQP's customers can now harness a wide range of quantum computers, including quantum gate based systems, quantum annealing systems, and quantum inspired solutions seamlessly from within the BQPhy software. The Strangeworks platform provides the flexibility to easily integrate an entire quantum ecosystem into the products of the quantum software vendors. This seamless integration enables the company's software to automatically select the appropriate quantum resources at the exact moment in time the resource is required; based on a variety of factors including availability, time, budget, number of qubits, decoherence and gate times.

"We at BosonQ Psi strongly feel that the Strangeworks ecosystem is a game-changer for BQPhy as it makes us truly quantum hardware-agnostic and adds flexibility to the customer purchase experience. This partnership allows our users to harness the scalability of our hybrid quantum-classical backend," says Abhishek Chopra, Founder and CEO of BosonQ Psi. He further added, "Customers can now get state-of-the-art quantum-powered engineering solvers integrated with industry leaders in quantum hardware with a pay-as-you-go model."

BosonQ Psi exemplifies how end-user application providers benefit from a single source solution explicitly designed to deliver quantum capabilities to their customer base. Both hardware and software companies can take advantage of the Strangeworks quantum ecosystem to enable system to system integrations, eliminating the need for subject matter experts to understand quantum mechanics, be technically knowledgeable about the various quantum hardware systems, or even have to select the appropriate hardware for their tasks.

"We are excited to see more and more quantum solutions providers utilize the Strangeworks ecosystem to enhance their own products and services," said Whurley, Founder and CEO of Strangeworks. "Strangeworks is committed to engineering solutions that make it easier for our partners to provide their customers with all of the quantum capabilities available in the market today without the complexity currently required to implement quantum services in the enterprise."

To get started with the BosonQ Psi software, BQPhy, request access at https://go.bosonqpsi.com/sales-demo or apply via the Strangeworks Backstage Pass program at https://strangeworks.com/backstage.

About Strangeworks

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Strangeworks is a new kind of company, made up of serial entrepreneurs, enterprise software developers, and quantum physicists who seek to humanize quantum computing and make it accessible to everyone. By guiding companies through the confusion of quantum computing, Strangeworks helps accelerate the integration of this new technology in corporations, universities, and enterprises.

To learn more about how Strangeworks can accelerate your quantum journey visit https://strangeworks.com

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About BosonQ Psi

BosonQ Psi (BQP) is a Quantum SaaS software venture which is bringing the power of Quantum computing in the hands of enterprise end-users. The simulation capabilities deployed by BQP combine a hybrid infrastructure that highlights the near-term value additions for customers via a quantum-based solution that significantly reduces the time for high-accuracy simulation. This means products can get to market faster and reduce overall costs for production and recalls. The company has successfully finished multiple PoCs and is currently conducting pilots with BQPhy, which is planned to release in mid of 2023. BQP is headquartered in Bengaluru, India with a presence in USA and UK.

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