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What Happens by Casey Becker

Life is a series of decisions, but there’s no denying that things often happen to us that are out of our control. The universe, God, life, whatever you believe in, constantly throws situations at us that we have no way of foreseeing. Simply put, life is a random card shuffle and you can’t control the cards you are dealt. This begs the question, what cards will you be dealt? What will happen to me? To you? What happens next?

The possibilities of answers are limitless and fascinating. Even in the confines of our physical world, there are infinitely many scenarios that could serve as an answer. Which of the scenarios would apply to you depends on a multitude of factors, like your age, place of residence, lifestyle, attractiveness, social status, race, gender, allergies, personal style, relationships, and much more. In life, we only see what happens next to us within the context of our personal realities. But what if we could see it all?

This project attempts to show, or at least hint at, the expansive variety of scenarios we might not normally consider. It is a visual representation of the possibilities that will happen to any possible person in any possible categories. It forces the viewer to acknowledge the fates of others that seem inapplicable, and therefor trivial to them.

The scenarios range from mundane and relatable to absurd and borderline impossible. My process involved writing countless lists, and adding to them anytime inspiration struck. I pulled inspiration from typography-based projects and the Dada philosophy of reckless abandon.

This text-based project was coded in DreamWeaver, creating a chaotic tapestry for online display. Each scenario is presented in unique code, using over 200 colors and fonts in total. I used a random number generator to ensure complete randomization of the scenario’s attributes and order. The loud colors and font variations express how scenarios effect individuals in different ways. What could be a dream come true to one person, may be a nightmare to someone else on the other side of the world. Some things may bore some, and shock others. As varied as the scenarios may be, so are the way they are received.

The scenarios continue into the hundreds. At a certain point, the reader will stop reading each scenario and simply begin to wonder when it all ends. One can only hope to not lose patience this quickly in our own lives.