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Dissolution: Entwined Realities

“Dissolution: Entwined Realities” is an artistic short film that delves into the juxtaposition of classical and quantum worlds, exploring the tension between our intuitive understanding of reality and the abstract, often counterintuitive nature of quantum mechanics. By creating a visual narrative that juxtaposes these two realms, the film offers a thought-provoking exploration of how advancements in quantum computing can both expand our horizons and challenge our perception of the world and the meaning of life.

MFA Final Thesis

Parsons School of Design

Year

2023

"Dissolution" features two parallel boxes, each representing a distinct world. The first box embodies the classical world, where objects follow the familiar rules of everyday experience. In contrast, the second box symbolizes the quantum world, showcasing point clouds and distorted forms that embody the abstract nature of quantum mechanics.

The film centers around an individual who observes both worlds, eventually discovering that nothing exists within the boxes. This realization serves as a philosophical commentary on the potential existential emptiness and increased complexity in interpreting the world that may arise from our pursuit of quantum understanding.

In this context, "Dissolution" provides a platform for viewers to contemplate the nature of reality, the limits of human comprehension, and the search for meaning in an increasingly complex world where the boundaries between classical and quantum realms blur. The film encourages reflection on the implications of scientific progress and the role of human agency in making sense of our experiences, as we continue to explore the fascinating world of quantum mechanics.

Concept Statement

The main question as I started this project was, how can I effectively represent such an abstract and complex topic as quantum mechanics in a visually compelling and thought-provoking manner? After experimenting with different approaches such as printmaking, simulating quantum circuits and creating blurry effects in coding, and bringing the quantum concept into fashion, I decided to choose film as my medium. Using film, I could incorporate and showcase multiple experimental elements as a source of inspiration for viewers.

Design Questions

“Dissolution” can have a range of impacts on the audience, from fostering an appreciation for science to sparking meaningful discussions about the future of technology. I use this film as a medium that may have several potential impacts on the audience, such as:

  • Awe and Inspiration - By showcasing the complex and abstract concepts of quantum mechanics, the film can inspire awe and wonder in the audience.

  • Increase Understanding: Through visual representation, it can help demystify and increase understanding of the underlying science behind quantum mechanics.

  • Thought-provoking Discussion - Quantum art can also spark discussion and debate around the implications and potential applications of quantum mechanics in various fields.

  • Aesthetic Appreciation - Beyond its scientific themes, the project can also be appreciated for its artistic value, such as its composition, 3D creation, and form.

Intended Impact on Audience
Methodology

BEGINNING SCENE - CAT JUMPING ON THE BOX

The inclusion of a cat at the beginning of the film serves as a symbolic reference to Schrödinger's Cat, a famous thought experiment in quantum mechanics. The scene establishes a connection between the film and one of the most well-known concepts in quantum mechanics, setting the stage for the exploration of quantum themes throughout the film. By featuring a cat, the scene introduces the audience to the concept of quantum superposition and the counterintuitive nature of the quantum world.

The cat serves as a symbol of the enigmatic nature of quantum mechanics and invites the audience to question their understanding of reality, bridging the gap between the familiar classical world and the mysterious quantum realm.

MAIN CHARACTER WEARING A QUANTUM UNIFORM

The main character's garment carries a quantum key which is linked to the concept of a quantum communication system. Quantum Key Distribution systems rely on the principles of quantum mechanics to securely transmit information, and this "quantum key" act as a visual representation of a unique, secure method of communication or interaction between the classical and quantum worlds, accessible only by the main character. As the main character transitions between the classical and quantum worlds, the garment and the quantum key serve as a symbol of secure access and interaction between these contrasting realms.

By connecting the main character's garment and the quantum key to quantum communication systems, the design highlights the innovative and secure nature of quantum technologies, while adding depth and intrigue to the film.

It serves as a symbol of the convergence of art, science, and technology. The entangled particles and secure communication systems embedded in the garment's design not only represent the future of quantum computing and communication but also serve as a metaphorical bridge between the classical and quantum worlds the character explores.

CLASSICAL WORLD BOX

The classical world box contains two primitive shapes representing digit numbers that blink and can be easily measured by the viewer. The blinking primitive shapes and their easily measurable locations symbolize the deterministic nature of classical physics. In this classical world, objects follow predictable laws, and their positions and properties can be precisely calculated. The primitive shapes representing digit numbers also symbolize the digital nature of classical computing, which relies on binarv digits (9 and 1) to process and store information. This visual representation highlights the limitations of classical computing in comparison to the immense potential of quantum computing, which can perform complex calculations and handle vast amounts of data more efficiently.

By choosing to display only two primitive shapes in the classical world box, the film underscores the simplicity and predictability of the classical realm. This design choice contrasts with the more complex, indeterminate, and fluid nature of the quantum world, as represented by the point cloud objects and distorted shapes in the quantum world box.

QUANTUM WORLD BOX

In the quantum box, the point cloud objects symbolize the quantum realm, while the distortions represent the dvnamic and fluid nature of quantum states. the quantum world includes a sphere that refers to the Bloch Sphere.

By including the Bloch Sphere in the quantum world box, the scene offers a visual representation of the quantum state, which helps viewers grasp the abstract nature of quantum mechanics and contrast it with the more familiar classical world.

As qubits are the foundation of quantum computers, the sphere signifies the transformative potential of this emerging technology and how it could redefine the future of computation and problem-solving. This visual element complements the point cloud objects and distorted shapes, further enhancing the film's artistic exploration of quantum mechanics and its implications.

By incorporating the Bloch Sphere in the quantum world box,"Dissolution" conveys the abstract nature of the quantum realm, while connecting it to the central theme of the film: the potential of quantum computing to introduce new mediums and redefine our understanding of reality.

CREATION OF A NEW REALITY

The main character holds a pair of intertwined, contrasting objects that represent the classical and quantum worlds. These objects serve as the keys to experiencing alternate realities. The blue sphere represents the classical world and has a smooth, reflective surface. The red sphere with a more textured, abstract surface represents the key to the quantum world. When the central figure touches the spheres, they are instantly transported to their respective worlds, experiencing their unique properties.

By incorporating various elements inspired by quantum phenomena such as fractal patterns and glowing point clouds, the textured surface visually conveys the essence of the quantum realm.

When the character touches the spheres in the classical world. there is a cut to the iconic painting "Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo which serves as a visual metaphor for the birth of a new understanding or the creation of a new reality. This artistic choice also highlights the connection between science and art, emphasizing the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of reality. By juxtaposing the classical art of the Renaissance with the cutting-edge world of quantum computing, the scene creates a visual representation of the intersection between past and present. between human creativity and scientific discovery. This imagery serves to underline the film's themes of exploration. transformation. and the search for deeper meaning in our new world.

By incorporating this imagery, the scene draws a parallel between the transformative power of quantum computing and the divine act of creation, suggesting that the quantum world could open now possibilities and fundamentally change our understanding of reality

POINT CLOUDS AND DISTORTION EFFECTS

The point clouds and distortion effects used in "Dissolution" play a significant role in visually representing the quantum world and its abstract nature. Point clouds represent objects as a collection of data points in space, without well-defined boundaries or solid forms. This visual approach echoes the inherent uncertainty and indeterminacy of quantum mechanics, where particles exist in a superposition of states until they are measured.

Distortion effects applied to the point clouds help to convey the counterintuitive and complex behavior of particles in the quantum realm. The distorted shapes symbolize phenomena like quantum superposition, and wave-particle duality, entanglement, which challenge our classical understanding of reality.

The use of point clouds and distortion effects allows the creation of an immersive and visual striking representation of the quantum world. By employing these artistic techniques, viewers are invited to explore and appreciate the unique properties and potential of quantum mechanics from an imaginative and intuitive perspective.

These visual elements inspire curiosity and a sense of wonder, encouraging viewers to question their understanding reality and the possibilities presented by quantum computing.

JUXTAPOSING ILLUSTRATIONS

The inclusion of other paintings "A Monotype and "The Body of Able Found by Adam" by William Blake and "Two System of Astronomy" by Isaac Frost, add layers of symbolism and meaning to this work. These paintings highlight the contrast between the traditional Newtonian worldview and abstract counterintuitive nature of quantum phenomena.

"The Body of Abel Found by Adam" reflects themes of loss, exploration, and search for meaning. which resonate with the existential questions raised in the film. It introduces the human longing for understanding and the limits of our knowledge in the face of vast and enigmatic forces.

QUANTUM TUNNELLING

In the quantum world, the character does not have the garment anymore. This symbolizes how our current technological advancements are not yet capable of fully understanding and utilizing the power of quantum mechanics.

It highlights our primitive state in the face of the vast potential that the quantum world holds and the limitations of our current knowledge and capabilities. This also serves as a reminder that we still have much to learn and discover about the workings of the universe and the potential of quantum technology and that it is up to us to continue pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration and innovation.

The use of particle-like effects in the tunnel also emphasizes the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics, where particles can be described as waves of probability. The geometry nodes and mesh-to-points option allow for the creation of a dynamic and ever-changing tunnel that could represent the unpredictable and fluctuating nature of quantum phenomena.

FINAL SCENE - INSIDE THE BOX

The idea of the last scene is to show the limitations of our understanding and knowledge of the quantum world, even with the help of quantum computing.

The empty box symbolizes the emptiness of our understanding and the fact that there is still so much more to discover and explore in the quantum realm. The camera going into the box represents our attempts to delve deeper into this world. but despite our technological advancements and speed; are still faced with the same limitations and uncertainties

The analogy of going through a wormhole is a way to illustrate the concept of how our perception and understanding of reality can become blurry and distorted as we enter unknown territories. Just as traveling through a wormhole can cause distortion in space-time, the process of speeding up our understanding of the quantum world can create new challenges and uncertainties that we are not vet equipped to deal with.

This scene highlights the idea that we should approach the quantum world with a sense of humility and openness to the unknown, and that there is always more to learn and discover

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