Dominic Harris at Annabel's
'UNSEEN' is an interactive portrait of undiscovered butterfly species — incredible specimens that have never been witnessed or documented by humans. As deforestation and environmental changes shift and destroy the ecological landscape that is home to these delicate creatures, it is speculated that many species disappear before they are ever discovered. In paying homage to those “unseen” butterflies, Harris’ focus is on the captivating beauty of what might have been. Harris hopes, with his typical enduring optimism, that some of his fabricated butterflies may well be out there awaiting discovery in jungles and rainforests such as the Amazon.
The installation will allow guests to discover unknown and AI-created butterflies, reactive to touch, the kaleidoscope of butterflies will disperse into natural flight, following the connection of the user's hand.
Sensitive to touch, the work has been curated to highlight the undiscovered, shining a light on the importance of protecting the Amazon from deforestation and the beauty that is being lost amidst this mass destruction. It encourages visitors to look closely and take note of the importance of every lifeform affected by our actions.