Electric Butterflies Art Installation – Photos and Video

Fully set up at Kotoriya Studio at Shiro Oni Studios in Onishi, Gunma Japan, Electric Butterflies had it’s debut during Onishi’s Natsu Matsuri.

Created during my Artist Residency there, Electric Butterflies is an art installation exploring the demise & disposal of the electronic personality. A technological reclamation art installation project combining metals and fibers.

What happens when our computer dies? What happens to the electronic personality upon our death?

Providing an explosive view of a laptop at the moment of its death, Electric Butterflies, demonstrates the release of the electronic personality within through the hand-crocheted neon yarn butterfly motifs and supportive wire crochet accents.

As small electronics continue to be pervasive in our society, society also has a need to address the demise and the disposal of our electronic personality and its toxic body, a laptop in this case, the same as we carefully handle the death of a loved one.


Nighttime at Kotoriya Studio as the Summer Festival parade thunders by to the beat of the taiko drums.

Thank You very much to my photographer friends who have been able to capture my Electric Butterflies so much better than I. These photos belong to them.

IMG_0158 Electric Butterflies fills a space measuring 250cm x 350cm (approx 8 feet x 11.5 feet) Despite its size it doesn’t weigh very much, the laptop pieces and the aluminum framing are the heaviest items so it is easy to maneuver, transport and hang.

A flock of neon butterflies carries away the dying electronic personality and parts of its computer body;IMG_0164


Check out the YouTube video for another perspective:


Neon yellow yarn with sparkly blue embroidery floss create the butterfly wing motif developing as it flows away from the initial point of its death:


Orange neon yarn wing motif with the black doily covered battery, IMG_0168 IMG_0169 Misc computer wire covered in orange neon yarn with butterfly wing motif.

IMG_0171 Keyboard detail, the butterflies have burst forth from this point carrying various keys from the keyboard.

Laptop Cover is also blown away to the opposite site of the installation. IMG_0174 Butterfly wing motif is created using wire crochet and yarn techniques.