Hanna Wiegand

Hanna Wiegand

We make decisions every day. These decisions can be large or small, easy or difficult.  Most of these decisions are not simply binary. Understanding these decisions as an almost infinite number of options to choose from is a basic example of a branch of decision theory called Openness, a term coined by Alfred Mele, a writer in philosophy. Simply put, Openness is the idea that the likelihood of you making any number of choices in a decision is equally likely.

A way in which this concept is materialized is through a mental roulette wheel. This wheel is shaped by our individual thoughts, beliefs, morals, reasoning and our learning from past experiences and decisions. The decisions that we make via this mental decision wheel are the essential tools in constructing the path that our life will take and the development of our self.

I have taken the visual representation of the decision wheel and flattened it into a grid used in tandem with halls and three-dimensional shapes set in an unknown space to create my own diagram of decision making and its involvement in the construction of our lives.  We experience time in a single direction; therefore, we exist in the present, storing experiences of the past in our memories while looking towards the future. The decision grid simultaneously creates this path through life and exists as the structure upon which we build our self-narrative/identity.

The impact that a person has on their own path is shown through the combination and layering of grid marks and three-dimensional shapes set in an indeterminate space as our individual futures are still being constructed. With each decision we make, we create the wheel and the grid that our future and ourselves are built upon, bit by bit and layer by layer until our journey down life’s path is over.

SIUE 2020
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