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Bird on a Wire is a projected interactive display created for a pair of storefront windows at the corner Mercer St. and Washington Pl. in Manhattan. By calling a number a passerby can set birds perched on telephone wires into motion while listening to their flocking sounds on a cellphone.

Each bird is individually mapped to the space's physical set design and the animation is triggered when the birds receive a call to the designated number. The installation transforms a traditional storefront into a literal call to action - engaging pedestrians into a playful two way interaction.

We created this piece for Gabe Barcia-Colombo's Pop-Up Windows class. We wanted to make something beautiful and eyecatching, with a simple call to action and a brief, but surprising interaction. The installation is comprised of a computer, two projectors, a Processing sketch, vellum to cover the windows and a telephone pole prop. The sketch is entirely customizable, so we can install it anywhere. 

Collaborators: Ben LightInessah Selditz, and Matt Richardson, Master's students at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

On display at the Dumbo Arts Festival! September 27-29.

More information: birdonawire.info