Does the wave of your hands in Shanghai set off a hurricane in New York?
On a big LED screen, floating particles visualizes the realtime wind data in New York. When people stand in front of the screen, butterflies will appeare. When people wave hands, it will cause a perturbation of particles.
The installation inspired by the subject of Edward Lorenz’s talk in 1972, Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas? Latter, the Butterfly Effect was known as the concept that small causes can have large effects.
We are artists and technologists based in New York, where is the opposite location on earth from Shanghai. This installation enables audiences in Shanghai to interact with New York weather data on screen in realtime. It's an exploration of the question: how individules could impact the world?
The installation was commissioned for Infinite International Digital Art Exhibition in Shanghai, China.