Beyond the Clouds

The StratospherEffect project was born from the study of the atmosphere carried out by Professor Eng. Amedeo Lepore and his space research group Abachos.

Subsequently, in collaboration with the artist Donato Piccolo, the project integrated two very different realities, scientific and artistic, creating both an ideological | artistic and a practical | scientific connecting-point by gathering different cognitive, communicative and evolutionary functions. 

The phrase in the title of the project includes two important concepts: the concept of "Stratosphere", one of the layers into which the atmosphere is conventionally divided, and the concept of the "Butterfly Effect", a theory that encloses the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions, stated in the theory of chaos.

The project consists in sending an aerostat connected to a recovery drone platform into the orbit. This allows us to, not only receive the equivalent scientific data, but also be able to exploit the same data to create a connecting point between earth and space thanks to the creation of a platform capable of registering the creative elements of research. This would lead to E. Lorenz's theory of the “Butterfly Effect”, according to which different systems are connected together and, in a certain sense, decode our theory of finding “order in the chaos”.

Alan Turing himself, in an essay from 1950, anticipated this concept with the famous phrase:

“The displacement of a single electron by a billionth of a centimeter, at a given moment, could mean the difference between two very different events, such as the death of a man a year later due to an avalanche, or his salvation. »
Therefore, all things considered, a single action can unpredictably determine the future of another action, which has perhaps not yet taken place. In the metaphor of the butterfly it is imagined that a simple movement of air molecules generated by the flapping of the insect's wings can cause a chain of movements of other molecules to the point of triggering a hurricane, perhaps thousands of miles away.

The butterfly effect theory was initially devised by Edward Lorenz who was the first to analyze it in a paper written in 1963 , through which a meteorologist pointed out that if the theories were correct, one flap of a seagull's wings would have been sufficient to alter the course of the climate forever. Later this phrase was changed to: "Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Brazil cause a tornado in Texas?” Which was used as the title of a lecture given by Lorenz in 1972.

  1. Since the dawn of history, Art and Science have worked in parallel, often creating radical changes also at social, historical and educational levels. Let's imagine the Renaissance, an age of change, in which a new way of conceiving the world and one’s self was matured, developing ideas for a new historical moment.
2.  (Alan Turing, Computing        Machinery and Intelligence, 1950)