Music from In The Hour of Butterflies. This work was an interactive sculpture installation for the LAST Festival (Life, Art, Science, and Technology). Created by the collaborative team of artist Ricardo Rivera, artist Kim Anno, and composers Kristina Dutton and Nathan Clevenger. In collaboration with Dr. Arnaud Martin, professor and researcher at George Washington University’s Department of Biological Sciences.
This work presented the staccato fluttering and slow movements of butterflies in scientific observation. Film footage captured butterflies in captivity and in the process of release. Butterflies such as the painted lady/thistle butterfly are prolific in the U.S., and commonly studied in research laboratories, yet, while seemingly ubiquitous, they are fragile creatures, metamorphosed into adults for only a fleeting matter of weeks. Music was composed as interactive elements commanded by the gesture of the viewer, magnifying the sense of intimacy, wonder, curiosity and fragility.
The temporal life of the butterfly was presented as an ephemeral sculpture using transparent screens developed by Samsung for research and development, then repurposed as art. The screens were installed inside a tall, enclosed viewing station. The wonder and intimate spectacle of the animal life of a butterfly was experienced when viewers interacted by gesturing in proximity to the translucent screens.