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IDFA 2022

The Butterfly Effect

Mathilde Renault
Netherlands
2022
20 min
World Premiere
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The Butterfly Effect is an installation that connects with all our senses to make intimate acquaintance with an entity from outer space: a 4.5 billion-year-old fragment of rock, to be precise. It was traveling through the universe when it hit our atmosphere, became a shooting star, and fell to earth as a meteorite. The installation thus provides a physical encounter with geography that is many light years removed from human life.

A variety of techniques are used to translate the various forms of scientific analysis applied to meteorites into sensory experiences, with light, sound, smell and video revealing all that’s going on beneath the surface of the rock. The viewer becomes a co-traveler on this meteorite’s cosmic journey.

The accompanying website provides further information about the making of the installation, with scientific data becoming sensory human experiences.

Winner of the Filmfund DocLab Interactive Grant 2022

Credits
Director
Key collaborator
    Bernard Foing,
    Sebastiaan de Vet
    Bernard Foing,
    Sebastiaan de Vet
Technical artist
    Lefki Mevissen,
    Lino Thijssen
    Lefki Mevissen,
    Lino Thijssen
Designer
    Frank Bloem for The Sniferoo,
    Rita Fialho,
    Céline Jouandet
    Frank Bloem for The Sniferoo,
    Rita Fialho,
    Céline Jouandet
Developer
    Daniel Nunes
    Daniel Nunes
Sound Design
    Tatiana Rosa,
    Tatiana Rosa
    Tatiana Rosa,
    Tatiana Rosa
Animation
    Paula Garcia Sans
    Paula Garcia Sans

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