Kim Anno: In the Hour of Butterflies
In the Hour of Butterflies is an interactive sculpture installation, created by the collaborative team of artist Ricardo Rivera, artist Kim Anno, and composer Kristina Dutton, with additional sound design and composition by Nathan Clevenger, and in collaboration with Dr. Arnaud Martin, professor and researcher at George Washington University’s Department of Biological Sciences. This work presents the staccato fluttering and slow movements of butterflies in scientific observation. Film footage captures butterflies in captivity and in the process of release. They feed on sugar infused sponges, and release themselves from slumber. 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. Sound and music is 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 is presented as an ephemeral sculpture using two transparent screens developed by Samsung for research and development, then repurposed as art. The wonder and intimate spectacle of the animal life of a butterfly is experienced as a viewer interacts by gesturing in proximity to the translucent screens.
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Ricardo Rivera has been an exhibiting artist since 2001, and currently mines databases of information and cultural research to trigger images and memories through the viewerÎéÎ÷s physiological experience of the work.
Kristina Dutton is a composer and violinist who works in a wide range of musical settings, moving freely between improvisation, new music, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Nathan Clevenger has been composing and performing music at the boundaries of jazz, chamber music, and popular music from an early age.[/read]