Irregular flutter

Irregular flutter aims to visualise the invisible/ less noticeable aspects that are constantly present around us. For this installation, I wanted to further explore the impact the wind has on us and the aerial fauna by visualising its small element variations, mainly focusing on its speed and angle fluctuations throughout the day.

In Japanese culture, Wabi-sabi is the aesthetic of appreciation of the impermanent and imperfect beauty of their surroundings, thus the reason for the use of an origami 蝶々(chōchō/ butterfly), folded with handmade Japanese paper.

The input is being collected by an open weather app, focusing on two locations: Lisbon and London, for the input of the movement of the 蝶々(chōchō/ butterfly) and p5.js sketches found on the provided QR code. The intercommunication between the Arduino and the weather app is done through OSC communication, gathering real-time data of the wind parameters of the determined location.

Just as the distant wind is able to strongly impact the “life” of the 蝶々(chōchō/ butterfly), I wish to spark the need for a deeper connection and appreciation with Nature, as well as understand the invisible impact that we have on fauna e flora through our small but painfully significant actions.


Rita Cabrito is a Portuguese artist and designer. Rita has a graphic design and fine arts background, which can be recognisable when looking at her more recent work in the computational field. The structure and rules of graphic design and the freedom of the fine arts, create a balance between both opposites, integrating into her work both the flow of an abstract stroke and the structural language of the type and grid. Conceptually, Rita enjoys Rita is interested in exploring the shapes and hidden patterns of the natural world, for example, the trajectory of a falling leaf or the movement of the ocean waves. These may seem like irrelevant aspects and may often be overlooked, but she shows the beauty in them, with the hope of creating a much needed stronger connection between the human and the environment.

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