Flutter

?Flutter? is a new interactive artwork by Dominic Harris of Cinimod Studio that explores the viewer?s encounter with a rabble of virtual butterflies. Set within a striking architectural framework and making use of cutting edge technologies, the artwork is a product of our on-going fascination with the motion of a butterfly?s flight and the iridescent reflections and scattering of light by the scales on a butterfly?s wing.

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Flutter consists of a linear array of 88 vertical double-sided video fins projecting from a mirrored surface. Butterflies flash through these screens on virtual flight paths, visible for fleeting moments as the light irridesces off their wings.

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The sequenced form of the installation references animation ideas first developed in the zoetrope, and its later successor, the praxinoscope. However, in a developmental move away from the linear time-sliced nature of these devices, the introduction of interactive control in ?Flutter? makes the ephemerality of the encounter influence its semiotics.

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The butterfly has different meanings in different cultures, from being a symbol of life or death, luck or tragedy, nervousness or happiness. ?Flutter? explores these notions through cutting-edge interactivity – the movement of the viewer around the piece determines the scale of the butterfly’s flutter. By reaching out your hand a flying butterfly will respond, either by landing near you or by being scared away. In playing with the butterflies more intricate behaviours will be uncovered.

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Acquiring Flutter:

Flutter was first unveiled at the Kinetica Art Fair 2010 in London.? A new edition of Flutter is currently being prepared and will be launched as a limited edition later in 2010.? For further information please contact the studio.