Artist Projects

A Thousand Butterflies

Jason Salavon

The installation A Thousand Butterflies is a darkened room with a single entrance. One wall swirls with projected light and the room fills with a deep hum. The other walls of the room are embedded with hundreds of distinct controls and display panels. Scattered throughout these controls are simple read-out displays of liquid crystal and blinking LED. Viewer/participants “blind control” the direction of the piece as it progresses in a slow meandering evolution over time. The piece is based on the “butterfly effect,” a term given to sensitivity in systems such as weather or economies in which a small change or perturbation can lead to drastically different outcomes.