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Event Dates

  • Fri May 17 4:30 PM
  • Sat May 18 10:30 AM


Red Square / Freeway Park

Heisenberg is an audio augmented reality (AR) experience that investigates what happens when we assume others occupy the same realities we do, and is intended for large audiences in public space. 

Through playful storytelling, guided instruction and original music, participants explore the history of the cosmos, uncertainty and the social questions raised by the 2016 election, all through the rich frameworks of particle physics. Heisenberg asks: if we don’t know what’s coming, how do we live? And: if we don’t know each other, how do we live together? The piece is at once a poetic exploration of physics, an experiment in the limits of empathy and a game.

Written and Directed by Janani Balasubramanian
Composed by Tina Hanaé Miller
Musical Arrangements by Solomon Hoffman

Recorded Ensemble:
Bill Todd (​Flute/Alto Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Tenor Sax), Justin Vance (Oboe/English Horn/Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax), Brandon Bergeron (Trumpet), Kyra Sims (French Horn), Mariel Bildsten (Trombone), Kevin Kuh (Violin), Julia Danitz (Violin), Georgina Rossi (Viola), Susan Mandel (Cello), Nick Lenchner (Bass), David Kravitz (Piano), Lizzie No (Harp)


65 min
Silent disco headphones provided for participants.
Please arrive early for check-in. 

Friday, May 17 — ​Red Square
Check-in: 4:30pm
Game starts: 5pm

Red Square, UW (4063 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98105)

Following the Red Square event, writer/director Janani Balasubramanian will engage in a post-show conversation with instrumental astrophysicist and UW professor Sarah Tuttle.

Saturday, May 18 — ​Freeway Park

Check-in: 10:30am
Game starts: 11am

Seneca Plaza, Freeway Park (900 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101)


Heisenberg is presented in connection with This is How it Ends, an arts and technology symposium curated by Meiyin Wang at Town Hall. This project is presented with support from the UW Creative Fellowship Initiative, an interdisciplinary pilot project at the University of Washington exploring the nature of creative research.