The Butterfly Effect

  • Mathilde Renault
  • Netherlands
  • 2022
  • 20 min
  • Immersive
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab: Nervous Systems

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


  • 20 min
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Subtitles in: No dialogue
Mathilde Renault
Mathilde Renault
Key collaborator
Bernard Foing, Sebastiaan de Vet
Paula Garcia Sans
Mathilde Renault

IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
DocLab: Nervous Systems

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