The Butterfly Effect
14-Dec-2019 - 12-Jan-2020
“It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.”
- Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
‘The Butterfly Effect’ is the idea that the smallest of things can have chaotic impacts in any aspect of our lives. When a butterfly flaps its wings, it moves a molecule of air, which moves another molecule and another and eventually causes a storm. An act or decision no matter how small can cause a chain of events that can have massive implications in the future.
Is everything in the world connected and does every action have an equal or opposite reaction? What could have happened if young Adolf Hitler was not rejected by The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna? Or the targeted Japanese city Kuroko was not cloudy on the day Nagasaki was bombed? Can throwing a plastic bottle on the road possibly have a calamitous outcome?
The butterfly effect makes science and predictions less accurate and questions free will. We believe that we can predict weather and that we have control over politics and economy. But the truth is that the systems around us are chaotic and are prone to sudden changes. As humans, our powers are limited.
We are calling on artists to explore the complexity of cause and effect and the resulting chaos through works of art. Through these artworks, the viewer can experience how the human brain is beautifully designed in turning something so chaotic to order using art. We urge artists to explore the unknown in nature, the current aesthetic, urbanization, and other conditions that result in natural chaos. But also, small repeated actions by individuals over time can lead to global effects. It’s about striving to achieve absolute beauty, balance and solace even in an unpredictable world where the future of mankind is at stake.
We hope to bring far reaching impact on viewers through small changes. We hope the artworks can bring awareness to the beauty and fragility of nature and your works could be that very flap of the butterfly wing.