Utopia in a Box

Abstract / Concept Prototyping / Design Thinking / 2010 / University of the Arts London
Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Cardboard, Elastics, Cutter, Glue, Paint Material, Patience!

Our lives are the consequence of the choices we make. Should I take a tube or a bus to the university? Or should I have a cappuccino or a latte? Should I or should I not eat that chocolate? Through our lives the choices we make, establish the lives we lead. The question is, “Would it be any different, if we made another choice, and if yes, how different would it be? My Utopia is the idea of being able to take a sneak peak into this other world where we lead our lives according to the choices we never made. I believe if we were given an option of reviewing our choices, we could in fact create a life that appeals to our own liking. Hugh Everett III (November 11, 1930 – July 19, 1982) was an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, which he termed his "relative state" formulation. According to Hugh Everett, there is more than one you, and you are splitting into trillions of copies of yourself every time there's a quantum interaction of a certain size.

This project is an attempt to create something tangible to demonstrate a seemingly intangible concept. Given below is a digital iteration of a physical game of maze and ball. The installation demonstrated the idea of parallel worlds, interlinked by portals that are controlled by the user. These worlds differ in terms of structure and appearance. Each time you come across a situation that’s difficult, you simply slip through this portal and get transferred to another world, where instead of facing the problem, you continue as if it never happened. Two mirrored mazes are affixed against each other. There are portals at every blockage that when pushed opened allows the blocked ball to go through to the other side where that road block doesn’t exist any more. This way that game gets thrown into an infinite loop, much like, my idea of utopia and immortality.