the necker cubes

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The Necker Cubes depicted in the image above are the very first draft of a work-in-progress idea that draws upon my earlier work on marionettes inspired by Edward Gordon Craig and also builds on my MFA graduation piece Teeth Have A Memory. The Necker Cube is an optical illusion, created by Louis Albert Necker. It was published in the London and Edinburgh Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science in 1832. It's an ambiguous image, synonymous with androgyny, which challenges our brain's perception of people in the world as being only a part of two binary options. 

You need to stare at the image long enough to see how your mind alters its perception of it.

I've taken this concept further using quantum physics and quantum mechanics, particularly Quantum Bayesianism, also known as QBism, like Cubism, whereby the intrusion of the mind into science implies that an agent's beliefs directly impact a wave function's observation thereby pleading the case for a subjective reality, which ultimately solves multiple paradoxes that favor an objective reality. Essentially, it demonstrates that a single objective reality is an illusion. This is important if we are going to challenge the violence imposed on us by the gender binaries that dictate social roles in global society. I understand not everyone sees certain implications of the gender binary as violence, which is why I believe symbol-making and semiotics that take multiple modes of gender expression and transform them into art that can be ubiquitous and accessible in everyday social life is of paramount importance. 


Symbolism dominates the consciousness of entire nations so we might need to reimagine them if we want to change the ways in which we allow people to develop and exercise individual autonomy. 

Perhaps there's a meeting ground between law and order and amorphous anarchism?


When one reads about QBism there's almost always a caveat asking the reader to not confuse it with Cubism, the artistic movement. Yet, that's exactly what I've done to abstract, reassemble, and create prisms through which we understand the human subject and the complexity of its character and decision-making. Challenging perceptions to create a heightened sense of awareness with regards to gender consciousness can ultimately provide us with solutions to a number of other pressing issues and offer insights into how we go about creating a built environment that prioritises the health and safety of human bodies in relation to animals and nature.


Notes on the initial draft image:

- It's a doodle rather than a fully thought out drawing of two necker cubes, one larger than the other.

- The point was to take a macro view of the world and place it next to a micro view of the world.

- Within the cubes there's light, diffraction, an individual human agent, and a series of actions.

- Performance within these necker cubes is an opportunity for both agent and observer, performer and audience, to reevaluate a variety of human scenarios where the absence of gender consciousness causes conflict and dissonance.

- The pink, purple, yellow, and glittery lines represent both the unknown edges of the universe and the limits of our mental capacity to conceptualise it or know it.

- They're also the colours representative of feminism, androgyny, and mental health.