How can quantum physics help us understand our role in the construction of reality?
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One electron gun, two thin fissures, one aperture: The double-slit experiment is one of the key experiments in physics. In quantum physics, it serves to demonstrate wave-particle duality: The interference pattern on the observation screen generated by the electron bombardment of the double-slit reveals the revolutionary and world-changing discovery of the wave-particle dualism by the standards of classical physics. The simultaneity of different states of quantum particles, known as "superposition", collapses due to the influence of the experimenter. Observation "forces" the particle to choose a state.
Following in the footsteps of these discoveries, Olaf Schirm's work "Quantom" focuses on the observer and his significance for the construction of reality. The kinetic light installation "Quantom" works with quantized wave packets that form collapsing light phenomena on a canvas. Analogous to the double-slit experiment, in "Quantom" the act of observation becomes the decisive intervention that determines the physical states of the world and at the same time is not completely predictable. The visitor to the exhibition thus finds himself or herself in a role that elevates him or her from a passive recipient to an active constructor of reality.