U-Bahn Bogen 6-7 (bei U-Bahn Gumpendorfer Straße, auf der Seite vom 15. Bezirk)
The exhibition is part of the annual program organized by Karin M. Pfeifer and Sula Zimmerberger, centered on the topic “System and Order: How the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Can Set Off a Tornado in Texas.”
The “butterfly effect” refers to the extreme sensitivity of many complex systems in response to small variations in their initial conditions. The 1998 feature film “Run Lola Run,” for example, shows different alternatives in a relationship story as triggered by small, random changes in the initial phase. Inconspicuous details were enough to change the course of European history: In 1914 Sarajevo Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, landed in his assassin’s line of fire only because his chauffeur had taken a wrong turn. The artistic positions shown here deal with political- and media-related systems of order: in an “overmediatized” world, even seemingly trivial things can have unpredictable consequences.