At first I was after simulating the collapse of the wave function based on QBist (quantum bayesianis) theory, where through the subjective act of measurement one instance of the many probable locations of collapse is experienced. This was the conceptual basis of project derived from recent fascination with quantum theories revolving the collapse which has far reaching grip on our understanding of time and space (both micro & macro).
In order to do this I was trying to create an illusion where a participant in the installation, through the act of looking anywhere in the space in front of him/ her, would make a drop of water appear and suspend exactly in that location (as long as he/ she kept the gaze). Technically it would be possible through a series of linear actuators spread throughout space that precisely release x drops of water per second where the viewer is looking (location in space determined through eye-ball tracking). Furthermore the placement of drop in space needs to be tracked so whenever it passed at the same y location where the spectator is looking, the strobe would flash and freeze that frame after frame creating the illusion of suspension (stroboscope technique) and therefore making it seem as if the act of perceiving literally manifests into a material reality, challenging our conception of how physics of our everyday reality works. I am still perusing this idea, but due to complexity of installation and also amounts of nodes (actuators) need to release drops in space, it became obvious that it needs to evolve gradually.
now the actual installation is the first step exploration into that direction...
Instead of tackling the simulation of the collapse i decided to take a step back and focus on relativity. Main focus then became the construction of time, concept of now vs. the actual slice of time in space (never fixed and the same, constantly shifting positions in past and future based on velocity and position in space). Meaning there is no shared moment in time. What we in the moment perceive as now is actually 85ms behind and the further the object is from our location the further it resides in the past. Various relationships as such is visualized in the poster above.
Given 4 channels of control through the dimmer pack i decided to control the frequency and brightness of a series of lights fixed in space. The challenge was to develop a program that would take into consideration Einstein's theory of special relativity and through tracking of movement in space animate these four light according to speed and position of the viewer in space and their relative positions to each node. In a very straightforward way i programmed these relations based on relativity so that the closest node reacted the fastest with the most brightness, and consequently the further away the more delay in time and dimmer the light.
In the video below there are 4 variations of the program. Total of 3 angles that i shot the installation. For every shot i go through 4 variations, each separated by a white flash in the video. Here are the four variations in order:
Please look at the videos of the main patch and tracking to see it working in real-time.
Main max patch (3rd variation):