For the ultimate in a nondenominational wedding ceremony, consider a quantum entanglement. The ceremony, developed by conceptual artist, Jonathon Keats, is borrowed from quantum physics, where when two or more subatomic particles become entangled, they behave as one.
Keats has designed an entangling apparatus, which, when situated in a sunny window and exposed to the full spectrum of solar radiation divides pairs of entangled photons and translates them to the bodies of a nearby couple.
A scenario might go like this, said Keats in an email correspondence with Discovery News about his project:
In the simplest case, involving only two people, the couple begins by walking down a long hallway from darkness into sunlight. (The hallway is wide enough for them to walk side by side, but too narrow to accommodate more than two people at a time.) At the end of the hallway, the couple will find two sets of footprints, on which they'll stand facing one another, nearly touching. (Depending on their preference, they may be dressed or naked.) They'll look up and see a window bright with sunlight, and suspended in that window above their heads they'll find the entanglement apparatus, which has been precisely calibrated (using a system of adjustable prisms) to divide the sunlight passing through a nonlinear crystal (made of beta-barium borate) so that half of the light shines on each person's face. They'll stand for approximately a minute, allowing countless entangled photons to bombard their skin, gently entangling their flesh by the photoelectric effect. Then they'll turn away and walk back down the hall and out into the open.
According to Keats, the couple won't know to what extent they've become entangled, because any attempt to measure a quantum system disturbs it.
"The quantum marriage will literally be broken up by skepticism about it," he said.
Basically they have to take it on faith.
Entanglements will be available from May 12 to June 18 2011 in the South Alcove of the AC Institute, 547 W. 27th St, 6th Floor, in New York City.
Credit: Jonathon Keats