wave function collapse (2019)
video with sound and choreography
Paul Mitchell, video; Mauriah Kraker, choreography; Warren Enström, sound
wave function collapse is a thirteen-minute video work featuring the glitchy, textural spreads of color created by visual artist Paul Mitchell. As the video proceeds, large swaths of color mutate, shift, and transform organically as the textures on screen seem to come alive.
The soundtrack of the video is created live, synthesized from the video's own projection. Using light sensors to capture the brightness of the video, the sounds adapt in real time, being live mixed by a human performer. Two plexiglass sculptures stand facing the projector, wires scraggily outwards like some alien creature.
wave function collapse features choreography from Mauriah Kraker. Just as the video's soundtrack directly emerges from the video itself, Kraker's movements evolve from her listening to the soundtrack during the performance. The result is the three-stage transmission of the content of the video: first into light, then into sound, and finally into movement.
A wave function collapse occurs when a quantum particle is observed. As soon as a quantum particle's speed or position is measured, the wave function describing that particle collapses, providing a solution to the function which is otherwise a dense cloud of probabilities. By attempting to observe the world, we change how it exists in the first place.