The idea of using wine as a primary source came from my experiences in Haiti. I ordered a bottle of wine with my dinner in a restaurant at an expensive hotel in Port-Au-Prince. The bottle arrived on the table together with two glasses. Following a 45 minutes wait, I learned that the hotel did not have a bottle opener to serve it. The bottle was taken away. Money as a resource was not sufficient. Some things are simply so unnecessary that they become totally unobtainable.
I am trying to critically analyse the message in the sound recordings accompanying the video below. While considering the uncertain nature of my unnecessary treats in life and digesting images in the sideshow at the bottom of this post. This forces a broad range of reflections and allows me to develop a deeper understanding of the context of why people deny poverty in Haiti.
A refined version shows metaphorically the uncertain nature of physical objects, which “come and go” like a wave. The mundane and cyclic character of dailiness.
There are certain benefits of uncertainty. Perhaps one the most significant advantages is “chance”.
Our obsession with uncertainty about the future can be visualised in terms of probabilities. These are very difficult to communicate effectively outside the time typical infographics, including graphs, charts and diagrams. The impact of Hi-Tec and interactive methods of visualisation offers totally new opportunities and can be of substantial help here. However, communicating deeper uncertainties remains problematic due to incomplete or disrupted knowledge and other external factors, which may affect our perception of the nature of what we are unsure of. Are we purely entertaining the feeling of being unsure?
Confidence is frequently perceived as a sign of arrogance?
This thought has led me to exploring the importance of chance and probability in the context of my response to what I feel is certain and what is not.
Contexts of certainty and uncertainty
The alphabet of certainty and uncertainty.
The map of certainty and uncertainty.
By chance, things have suddenly become much more uncertain:
How do I measure chance in all those contexts?
Unfortunately, Haiti was struck by another earthquake today. All of my friends there have been affected.
What does poverty mean in the context of sustaining life?
How do I communicate the extent of uncertainties exaggerated by this natural disaster?
Making Certainty Uncertain and Unpredictability Definitive
“Uncertainty about what?
While the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP) does not mean “there are some things you can never be sure of”, it does imply “you can never be sure of everything.” How can this be? If you can never be sure of everything, doesn’t that mean there are some things you can never be sure of? Surprisingly, no.”
Fundamental certainties of the past have become the greatest uncertainties of the future. The most significant uncertainties of the past have evolved to become almost certain today and definitive tomorrow.
In reflection to my experiences in Haiti, I am experimenting with removing my certainties from the certainly uncertain world there! Through these image manipulations, I am questioning what is uncertain? Can the removal of certainty create anxiety of unpredictability?
My certainties are their uncertainties! I am certain of having a meal and they are never sure of what will happen; what to expect – moment after moment, day after day, year after year.
The world of certainties is totally denied to some unfortunate people, both physically, emotionally and in the sphere of dreams, aspirations and ambitions. Their focus of poverty is completely different, placed on survival rather than luxuries and unnecessary commodities. This is in contrast to the superficial and trivial obsessions of the “Western World”!
I am watching their uncertain world through the “removed” certainty on my afternoon beer.
I am staring with uncertainty at the certainty of my luxury meal. The table is set up and ready, but the food has been removed. What is on my plate, in the bowl? How am I going to satisfy my hunger for security and thirst for predictability?
Everett argues that we live in a Universe of multiple space-times and each spacetime is governed by Lorenz contraction of time (Barrett, 2011). Therefore time is perhaps the key factor, which forms our perception of certainty and uncertainty. Both feelings belong to parallel yet distinctly different worlds: prosperity and poverty; the arrogance of confidence and hesitant insecurity.
Heisenberg implies that uncertainty is often a result of a measurement (Wiseman, 2012). The act of measuring an object’s position changes its speed or vice versa. Perhaps the real origin is much deeper. The uncertainty principle exists, because everything in the Universe behaves as a particle and a wave at the same time. In quantum mechanics, the exact position and speed of an object have no meaning.
To explore this idea further and visualise this concept, I need to experiment with images by manipulating them into “behaving” simultaneously like a particle and a wave. Particles exist in a single place at any instance in time and waves are disturbances spread out in space.