Schrödinger’s Baby (2019)
Sponsor: Art Center Nabi, Host: V2_Lab
Schrödinger’s Baby is a baby in virtual reality. The concept is parallel to that of the Schrödinger’s cat paradox, which proposes that a cat is simultaneously alive and dead in a box, but when one looks inside, the quantum superposition ends and reality collapses. Just like the cat, this baby exists only in virtual reality and cannot be observed in the real world, and hence it is a living creature in which different states of probability overlap and coexist.
In the supposed space, which is not bound by the laws of physics, the baby does not need to answer any temporal questions – for example, about its skin color, its date of birth, who its father is, or whether it is a daughter or son or of another gender. Through this state, Tzusoo fulfills her longstanding desire to have a baby. “I love babies, since before I can remember,” she says. “But it’s becoming more and more difficult to imagine a baby resembling me, a 26-year-old who left home, broke up with her lover and has no money whatsoever.”
This project was developed during a residency as part of a Summer Sessions residency at V2_ and supported by Art Center Nabi.