Used globes from various times and locations with internal electronics
‘Flotsam’ is a flock of globes, migrating from wall to wall as they pivot on their polar axis before colliding with each other and ricocheting in new directions. With the globes originating from different locations and eras, they embody an array of world views. However, beyond the multiple cultures and histories imprinted on their surfaces is the suggestion of multiple worlds existing in parallel. In the 1950’s Hugh Everett proposed the ‘Many Worlds Interpretation’ to reconcile incompatible elements of quantum physics. This novel, yet possible, theory proposes that all possible outcomes of quantum measurements are physically realised in some “world” or universe. As such, our reality is perhaps just one of many parallel and constantly splitting universes.
Quantum systems exist in superpositions (waveforms), however when a measurement is made, the wave function collapses - from an observer's perspective - to just one of the basis states, and the property being measured uniquely acquires a particular state. Everett didn’t agree that measurement causes quantum matter to stop behaving in multiple forms. Instead, he argued that observation creates a split in the universe and therefore all possible outcomes are physically realised.
With thanks to Freddie Hong for technical R&D.