SUPERPOSITION: INTERPRETING QUANTUM THEORY IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR 


Collide Copenhagen/CERN 
Art Installation Proposal 2024/2025
Lisa Li / The Lisas

Title: SuperpositionYear of creation: 2024
Material: TBD
Dimensions: TBD
Location: Switzerland/Copenhagen




Art Production Proposal:



Creation of a large-scale interactive light sculpture that embodies fundamental concepts from quantum theories. Inspired by the complex interplay between observation and quantum phenomena, notably demonstrated in the double-slit experiment, this sculpture aims to explore the intricate relationship between observation, perception, and human behavior. Utilizing AI technology and the latest smart materials, the sculpture serves as a metaphorical lens through which we examine our existence. The double-slit experiment, a cornerstone of quantum mechanics, has sparked numerous theories and interpretations regarding the role of observation in shaping quantum phenomena. While one such interpretation is the theory of observer-dependent reality, it's important to recognize that the experiment has given rise to multiple viewpoints, including the Copenhagen interpretation, von Neumann-Wigner interpretation, and others. These interpretations provide diverse viewpoints on the role of measurement in quantum systems, illustrating the nuanced nature of quantum phenomena and their interpretation. 

In the context of human behavior, the project’s subtitle "Interpreting Quantum Theory in Human Behavior" suggests an exploration of how individuals' actions and interactions may exhibit characteristics similar to quantum interference patterns. Just as quantum particles can exhibit wave-like behaviors and interference effects, human behavior may also demonstrate complex patterns influenced by various factors and interactions. This concept invites exploration and analysis of the parallels between the unpredictable nature of quantum phenomena and the intricacies of human behavior, encouraging viewers to reflect on the multifaceted nature of reality. When a quantum system is observed, its wave function collapses, meaning that its properties are determined and fixed to a specific state. This wavefunction collapse occurs due to the interaction between the quantum system and the measuring apparatus. Before observation, the system exists in a superposition of multiple states. Similarly, our interactions with others—no matter how seemingly insignificant—can alter the course of our lives. While the term observation in the double-slit experiment refers to any interaction that allows information about a quantum system to be extracted or measured, the proposed project will utilize human interaction with the machine sculpture to create a visual presentation of how humans behave differently when they are being observed. 











 This interactive installation works within a white room approximately 10 ft by 10 ft. or larger. The sculpture will consist of a white translucent square tubular body housing light elements arranged to display choreographed patterns in dynamic, oscillating motions. These lights emit a soft, diffused glow, reminiscent of particles in a forward motion. 

When a viewer approaches the sculpture and observes it directly, the lights react uniformly, shifting or pulsating in response to the observer's gaze. When facing away from the sculpture, the lights transform, adopting a different pattern or behavior. For the performance to be witnessed, the opposing side of the room will use smart mirrors that allow visitors to watch undetected. This works by using AI facial recognition to detect human presence and installing smart mirrors for the opposite effect. In addition, I will score the performance with custom sounds to enhance the experience. The light sculpture serves as a symbolic exploration of how our perceptions shape our understanding of the world around us. It invites viewers to reflect on the fluid and subjective nature of reality. While various labels exist for sensory experiences—such as synesthesia—discussing our encounters with others allows us to learn and appreciate the multifaceted ways reality unfolds. Comfort lies in knowing objectivity isn't always the sole lens through which we perceive existence.