Demo Hour


Issue: XXII.2 March + April 2015
Page: 6
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Max Rheiner, Thomas Tobler, Fabian Troxler

Birdly is an installation that explores the experience of a bird in flight. It tries to capture the mediated flying experience with several methods. Unlike a common flight simulator, you do not control a machine—you embody a bird. To evoke this embodiment, we rely mainly on the sensory-motor coupling. The participant can control the simulator with his hands and arms, which directly correlate to the wings and primary feathers of a bird. The scenery is perceived in the first-person perspective of a bird. To intensify the embodiment, we include additional sonic, olfactory, tactile, and wind feedback.

Birdly - Teaser from SOMNIACS on Vimeo.

Birdly Trailer II from SOMNIACS on Vimeo.

Max Rheiner, Zurich University of the Arts
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Thomas Tobler, Zurich University of the Arts
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Fabian Troxler, Zurich University of the Arts
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