The project, ‘Schrödinger’s Cat’, is a deep exploration into the philosophy of our perceived reality. It challenges traditional views, proposing instead that our universe operates on probabilities, not certainties. This concept suggests that our reality only forms when we observe something, with alternate outcomes branching off into separate universes, each hosting a version of us living out a different choice.
This project is inspired by the ‘Schrödinger’s Cat’ thought experiment, introduced by physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. In this scenario, a cat inside a sealed box is both alive and dead until observed, at which point it exists in one state or the other. This aligns with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, suggesting that a quantum system remains in various states until observed, causing it to collapse into a single state. In contrast, the Many Worlds interpretation proposes that each observation spawns a new universe, reflecting the exact opposite of our observed outcome.
The aim of this project is to construct a visual narrative of my distinct universe while pushing the boundaries of our understanding of reality and exploring potential alternate universes that remain beyond our experience. The camera acts as the extension of my observation, documenting the different perceptible and imaginative outcomes. The resulting images are displayed as diptychs, each juxtaposing two distinct realities which I imagine to be potential alternatives from different perspectives.
Through this project, I strive to create a documentary archive of my unique existence. To accomplish this, all images are minted on the Polygon blockchain, each with its corresponding date, time, and location. These details are permanently inscribed onto the ledger to maintain provenance, thus creating an unalterable record that serves as a testament to the specific moment in time that each image represents.