"Schrödinger's cat isn't dead after all" is a tongue in cheek project to explore states of possible simultaneity. A cardboard box may or may not contain a cat. Using an internet enabled device one might look inside the box and observe whether or not a cat is present.
The actual "Schrödinger's cat" is a thought experiment whereby a cat in a sealed box can be both dead and alive at the same time. In this paradox a cat is locked in a steel box with a geiger counter, a radioactive substance and a flask of poison. Radioactive decay recorded by the geiger counter would trigger a mechanism to smash the flask, releasing the poison and killing the cat.
Schrödinger coined the term Verschränkung (entanglement) whilst developing the paradox. Entanglement describes a physical phenomenon whereby the quantum state of each pairs or groups of particles cannot be described independently from the state of the others.
By observing the cat in the box are we entangled with it?
In this iteration Box Gallery exhibited two versions of the project. Inside The Franklin a completely closed box with an infra red camera observing the interior. On the front step of the gallery a second version modified to function like a camera obscura / pinhole camera used the afternoon light to illuminate the interior.
With the sealed box we hear the cat inside and can view it from our devices thus contriving a moment of simultaneity. The camera obscura takes the light present at the moment and uses it to allow observation of the cat.
Viewing the cat in the box via web enabled image stream
Box Gallery is the curatorial project of Chicago-area artist Richard Medina. The experimental gallery space takes the form of a 6" x 6" x 6" cardboard box. Artists are asked to respond to the unique constraints of the box, and create work that activates the interior of the space. For more information contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org.