Frederik de Wilde & QCUMbER

Frederik De Wilde (BE – 1975) works at the interface of the art, science and technology. Frederik studied fine arts, media arts and philosophy. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the inaudible, intangible and invisible. An excellent example is the conceptualisation, and creation, of the Blackest-Black art made in collaboration with American universities and NASA. The project received the Ars Electronica Next Idea Award and the Best European Collaboration Award between an artist and scientist, extensively covered (e.g. Huffington post, Creators Project, TED). In 2017 De Wilde brings the Blackest-Black art to the Moon in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon (, NASA, AstroRobotic and Space-X. De Wilde is finalist of ‘Giant Steps’ which aims to bring an artist to the Moon supported by x-prize lab MIT. De Wilde collaborated with the KIT micro- and collective robotics lab, is a finalist of the ZKM app art award with ‘Coremites,’ and uses often data as a source for his creations (e.g. data visualisations, sonifications). De Wilde is a laureate of the Royal Belgian Young Academy ( and Art & Science expert for the European Commission.

Frederik is collaborating with QCUMbER. The primary goals of the project are to develop the experimental and theoretical resources needed to address the quantum structure of the time-frequency degree of freedom of ultrashort light pulses and pulse trains and to demonstrate their utility for new types of quantum technologies, such as communications, dynamical sensors and computation.

In other words, they are using light particles, so-called photons, to realise technologies that harness the strange, yet strangely powerful, quantum features of light. In the not-so-distant future, these technologies will enable supreme measurement devices and quantum computers, which outperform their classical counterparts.