Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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What is it like to be a bird?

In a small birdhouse, birdsong is slowed down to human speed, mimicked and sped back up to a bird’s pace, allowing visitors to sing like a bird.

Ever since he was a child, artitst Thijs van Vuure has been fascinated by birds. For a long time now, he has been wandering what it would be like to be a bird. His installation What Is It Like to Be a Bird? tries to give a concrete answer to this question, at least for one aspect of being a bird: singing.

The project is an attempt to blur the boundaries between human-being and bird-being and a study of the consciousness of birds from a human perspective. The fundamental idea is that birds perceive time in a different way: their life cycle is shorter, their movements are faster, and their heartbeat has a higher frequency. Birds live faster, one could say. That’s why the songs of various songbirds are slowed down and played back. In a small birdhouse, the audience can mimic these slowed-down recordings, after which their singing is sped up, back to the original “bird speed.” The resulting “human bird speech” is filmed and shown on a screen next to the birdhouse.

Project details

Year of development :2011
Created by:Thijs van Vuure
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