Custom Electronics, Custom Software, Motors, Wire, Elm Leaves
In BRANCHING SYSTEMS, masses of robotic leaves flutter like butterflies to transform space into a network of complex, serendipitous movement. An interactive installation, viewers' physical actions are catalysts that trigger a ripple across the piece's custom-made network causing faster movements and different rhythms in the artwork.
BRANCHING SYSTEMS explores Edward Lorenz's "butterfly effect", the concept that signaled the beginnings of modern Chaos Theory. The artwork tangibly re-imagines the infinitely complex process of cause and effect (or input and output) compressed into a single moment - demonstrating how small variations in the initial condition of a nonlinear dynamic system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system.