Does the wave of your hands in Shanghai set off a hurricane in New York?
This work was commissioned for an exhibition in Shanghai, China. On big screen, floating particles visualizes the realtime wind data in New York. When people stand in front of the screen, butterflies appeare on the screen. When waving hands in front of the screen, it will cause a perturbation of particles. Will it also set off a hurricane in New York?
The artists are based in New York, where is the opposite location on earth from Shanghai. This piece was 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? The butterfly effect is the concept that small causes can have large effects. It was Initially used with weather prediction. This piece enables audiences in Shanghai to interact with New York weather data on screen in realtime, to explores how individules are affecting the world.