The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Janice Tanaka

1989, 17:50 minutes, colour/B&W, English


The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is a video opera occuring in five acts and four interludes. The score is original, vocalists are performing members of the Chicago Lyric Opera. The acts are: The Gloria, Pursuit for Plastic, Greetings and Salutation, He Who Dies With the Most Toys Wins and Hope Extraordinare.
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states, when measuring the position and velocity of a subatomic particle with another subatomic particle the action of one affects the other. As a consequence an approximation of both quantities, or a precise measurement of only one quantity is possible. Applying the basic tenets of this principle to human interaction the philosophical implications are profound. This video opera reflects on those implications. The computer generated interludes reverse the position of man and earth and symbolically incorporate Eastern and Western philosophy.

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