Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect
3D/Interactive
Deqing Sun & Peiqi Su
'Butterfly Effect' is an interactive installation visualizing New York City’s wind data in real-time with computer-generated particles. It also enables the audience to interact with those particles. On a large LED screen in Shanghai, floating particles visualize the real-time wind data in New York. When people stand in front of the screen, butterflies will appear. When people move, it will cause a perturbation of particles. This installation 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' has become widely understood as the concept that small causes can have large effects. We are artists and technologists based in New York, at the opposite end of the earth from Shanghai. This installation enables audiences in Shanghai to interact with New York weather data on the screen in real-time. It's an exploration of the question: how could individuals impact the world?