Quantum Mechanics of the Body

Theor(ies) Explored : Macroscopic quantum phenomena, Quantum Wave Theory, Many-body problem

CONCEPT : Body wave Body scape


Long story short. The quantum theory that I am picking on is the exploration of macro examination of matter and the wave-particle duality.

Image result for wave particle dualityThe exploration of the wave is the exploration of light, a non-matter, to cancel and add on to each other over 2 slit plates to product images on a screen.



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The many body problem refers to a general name for a vast category of physical problems pertaining to the properties of microscopic systems made of a large number of interacting particles. ….In such a quantum system, the repeated interactions between particles create quantum correlations, or entanglement. As a consequence, the wave function of the system is a complicated object holding a large amount of information, which usually makes exact or analytical calculations impractical or even impossible.

On the level of the body, quantum mechanics explore the subatomic levels of the molecules within the human body.

I want to juxtapose the seeable with the unseeable, the body and the wave. Using the body as a symbol to create the wave itself, this entanglement of waves creates the visual paradox of the human body illustrating a non-physical concept such as light and wave.

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 carl werner

scriptum vitae

Task 1A Exploratory

1. Non-Monogamous Relationships

The times are changing and as the world evolves, relationships and intimacy hav changed as well. Previously known non-socially acceptable relationships refer to throuples, sugar daddy/mommy and their babies, large age gaps, queer, polyamorous, open relationships and other lesser known variants that constitute a human relationship.

Currently, the only socially acceptable relationship is the heterosexual monogamy. At times, it is easy to say that such relationships should be only variant. However, we should try and understand that the world is more diverse and different than we actually think it is. End the discrimination and stigma of lesser known variants of relationships.

2. HIV-stigma

HIV currently has a strong stigma in Singapore. The truth is, while HIV is common and rampant in places where sexual freedom occurs, like America, this fact would also mean that the society and medical attention is more focused there.  According to U.S. statistics, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it An estimated 38,500 Americans became newly infected with HIV in 2015.Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men bear the greatest burden by risk group, representing an estimated 26,200 of these new HIV infections.From 2010 to 2015, the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. declined 8%.In 2016, 39,782 people were diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed across states and regions. People in southern states accounted for more than half of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, while making up 38% of the nation’s population. However in Singapore, of the 434 cases, 94% were male and 71% were between 20 to 49 years old. About 41% had late-stage HIV infection when they were diagnosed. Sexual intercourse remains the main mode of HIV transmission. 96% (417 out of 434) of the cases acquired the infection through sexual intercourse. Heterosexual transmission accounted for 36% of all cases, while 50% were from homosexual transmission and 10% from bisexual transmission. 45% of the newly reported cases were detected in the course of medical care provision. Such cases are typically at the late stage of HIV infection. Another 27% were detected during routine programmatic HIV screening and 23% were detected from self-initiated HIV screening i.e. voluntary screening. Cases detected via voluntary screening are more likely to be at the early stage of infection. When differentiated by sexual transmission, a higher proportion of homosexuals and bisexuals (33%) had their HIV infection detected via voluntary screening compared to heterosexuals (8%).

Another issue is that due to this stigma, the research and aftercare of infection is expensive and hard to access. Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) would help prevent or lower the risk of HIV infection in high risk sexual intercourse. However, the access to this drug is expensive and many people go to Thailand to get it at a cheaper rate.

3. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Labels

Currently, the idea of gender variance is socially unacceptable in Singapore. These variants include the non-binary, transgendered, inter sex, queer, and other alternative labels. The problem with people not accepting this label is because of the conservative nature of Singapore. What people should do is to understand that the world is changing and labels are constantly being blurred.

4. Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity is a poor man’s excuse of being gregarious and disruptive. We should end toxic masculinity. A post on Urban Dictionary that sums this urban term is “Any Male action that doesn’t conform to liberal ideals of what a man SHOULD be in today’s society. If he isn’t sensitive and emotional and docile he is accused of toxic masculinity. Where as used to these people were known as “douche bags” or even “assholes” (see also Twunt) now they are blamed for being a product of the male driven society” I think that all in all toxic masculinity is rampant in Singapore due to National Service and the poor excuse and teachings of the army officers would prove this true especially in times of all the deaths and injuries caused during training that were not through negligence.


I feel that I would want to touch on topic 1. This is because there is little to no diagrams or tables present currently that explains relationship variants.

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These are all the types of relationship symbols and infographics that I could find on google. But it would be better if we could do more to let people visualise and understand the stigma that people feel.

I feel that not a lot of people know about this and should be respectful to people that are not part of the status quo. I want to target adults because they are more likely to want to explore relationship variants. If you don’t know, you never try! And no one should judge them for trying to find a suitable relationship variant for themselves.

Dialogue in the Dark

The visually impaired people struggle with their ability to see in an inaccessible world. The challenges that they face are often times the ignorance of able bodied people. Our guide Liana mentioned that there had been complaints about accessibility equipment and design features for the visually impaired by able bodied people, like the beeping of the traffic lights to help them cross the road.

Personally, I feel that it is hard to live with visual impairity as a lot of things in the world are visually charged. With the visual impairity, the handicap might be larger as they cannot read wall signage or directions.

I learnt that there are many subtle things that help the visually impaired, such as audio features in ATMs and braille and note sizes on dollar notes. However things like the dollar note braille can be useless when wearing and tearing occurs.

I also learnt that the visually impaired are able to experience things in another way. Like boat rides, to experiential holidays, they experience it through sound and touch, making use of other senses to experience their surroundings.

I think a big challenge would be that the world is made for the visual and people who can see are generally very visual creatures. It is hard to cater to an audience that cannot see but it doesn’t mean that is impossible. Like in visual design, embossing and debossing to create texture is more costly than flat surface printing. This cost escalates when we want to cater to the visually impaired.

I think role playing allows the designer to understand their audience better and is able to cater the design to a particular audience. Apart from that, it gives the designer new sensibilities to approach design in a more accessible manner. Even then, if the design is trying to approach accessibility, there is only so much a visual designer can do in terms of the add-ons to help remedy this.

Role playing definitely helps to allow designers to understand the problems and challenges faced by a certain group of people. However, it is tricky as it can only do so much to instil a sense of understanding. Also, it takes a lot of empathy and thought to constantly re-evaluate the designed solution if it is applicable to the audience. Often times a lot of solutions end up marginalising other communities or contributes to factors of another problem. At times, we try to have everything, but can’t seem to get anything at all.