Returning to Clarissa Ribeiro’s ideas regarding fundamental entanglement made me once again realize how two seemingly independent objects or ideas can be intimately connected in a way that is not initially obvious. There mere fact that Ribeiro’s understanding of such concepts as fundamental entanglement and quantum theory could be presented in the form of an art gallery is proof of art’s connection to a myriad of other disciplines.
Particularly interesting in Ribeiro’s gallery was her “Micro-Selfie,” an image of herself – taken by herself – along with the image of a microelectrode, the purpose of which is to record neural signals (Cogan 275) As a multimedia presentation including not only an image but also sound, this part of Ribeiro’s gallery seemed to blur the lines between the concepts of art and technology.
Another important display at Ribeiro’s gallery was her elaborate set up titled “The Kiss 02.” As a way to illustrate the concept of non-local connectedness, two people connect themselves to electrical instruments in order to display their body’s energy signals in the form of live video displayed on a projector. While connected to a number of body sensors, two continually alternating video feeds allow for both participants to share a kiss on the screen. Whether or not the participants are actually kissing, the kiss is shown through the projection. As described in her description of the installation, this references Erwin Schrödinger’s quantum mechanics theory regarding the decay or collapse of wave functions. As popularized by his famous thought experiment about cats, Schrödinger posed the question of whether a cat can be simultaneously be alive or dead in a box before any conscious observer opens the box to check. More technically, the concept of quantum superposition supposes that physical systems exist in all its possible states until measured – in the case of the cat, this would be either alive or dead (Penrose 4877).
Watching both Clarissa and Professor Vesna interact with each other using this installation was very interesting. I not only saw two people attempting to connect non-locally with each other in this piece, I also saw the intimate connection of art can often have with technology as well as science such as quantum mechanics.
Cogan, Stuart F. “Neural Stimulation and Recording Electrodes.” Annual Review Biomedical Engineering. 10.1 (2008): 275-309. Print.
Penrose, Roger. “Uncertainty in quantum mechanics: faith or fantasy?” Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 369.1956 (2011): 4864-3890. Print.