we’ve probably learnt about the heisenberg uncertainty principle back in science class. but how often do you see it applied to everyday objects or to art for that matter.
before we go any further, the heisenberg uncertainty principle states that you can not measure two separate parameters of a particle simultaneously. you can either determine one parameter and ignore the other or vice versa, but you can never know everything at once.
now that we got that out of the way. american artist fabian oefner in his series titled heisenberg objekts take everyday objects that we see around us and fills them up with resin. he then slices them up into many small pieces and finally reattaches them in way that gives you a distorted view of it while being able to see the insides of the object.
fabian says, “through this transformation, the objects have a peculiar effect on their observer: when you look at them from a distance, you can easily identify the object. however, if you start to get closer to observe its inner workings, the shape of the object starts to get distorted and vanishes completely. as an observer you are never able to observe the object as a whole and its inner workings simultaneously. the more accurately we see one view, the less clearly we see the other.”
in his series, american artist fabian oefner has used objects like a clock, a tape recorder, a shoe and a black box.