Metamorphosis explored the idea that human actions can irrevocably alter the patterns of nature.
A screen covered one wall of the exhibition space at Lanternhouse showing video images of coppiced oaks and the woodland floor carpeted with bluebells. Throughout the room, hundreds of paper butterflies fluttered in the breeze.
Visitors could sit and watch the woods, and listen to the bird song, but those who moved around the space triggered less peaceful sounds and images. An animated butterfly, which had been resting quietly on the trunk of an oak tree flapped furiously across the screen, accompanied by jarring electronic sounds.
The piece used movement sensors and computer programming to co-ordinate sound and images.
The piece was later installed in an underpass on the the Lancaster University campus. Changes of sound and image were triggered by passing traffic, raising new questions about the relationship between nature and technology.
Metamorphosis was a collaboration between three WSI artists, Hannah Fox, Tom Lloyd and Dan Fox, students from Lancaster University Computing Department and .:thePooch:. – a group who explore the use of science and technology in art.