Underneath the Wings of a Butterfly is a journey where we follow a butterfly through
a contemporary mask of happiness.

This mask is shiny and golden, plastic and metal – but behind it is a world where nature is decaying, climate is drastically changing, the fever of revolution is boiling and the planet we live on is reinventing itself. The experience invites you to rediscover this world and plant seeds from the past, in order to contribute to a hopeful future. Abner Preis is an artist and storyteller who conveys a hopeful message with his colourful, humorous and critical installations. He combines simple drawings and cheerful, collage-like backgrounds with experience and interaction in digital worlds.

ul, collage-like backgrounds with experience and interaction in digital worlds.

For Underneath the Wings of a Butterfly, Abner developed an Augmented Reality installation where the participant is lead by an augmented butterfly through a world that is influenced by humans, but eventually gets taken over by technological butterflies, bees and low poly flowers. The AR installation provides access to a world where urgent issues such as climate change, the refugee crisis, economic recession and consumerism become almost tangible.


This experience was commissioned by TETEM in ties with their Society 5.1 program theme. In this program theme Tetem researches – together with makers – the consequences our choices have on society and how technology can help us solve bottlenecks. Abner Preis developed his first project in Virtual Reality at Tetem for the exhibition Walk-in Worlds. Since then, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have become an important medium within his practice to bring stories, drawings and collages spatially to life.

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