Birdhouse

(2017/18) Global audio internet-of-things artwork

A bird is flying around the world. It flies from birdhouse to birdhouse. You cannot see it, but you can hear it when it flies into one of them, moves about, tweets, sings, and then flies away again to the next birdhouse.

These are no ordinary birdhouses, this is an internet-of-things work of art. All birdhouses are connected by WiFi to the internet. Disconnect yours and the virtual bird will visit all of the other connected birdhouses. Reconnect it and the bird will be visiting yours again.

There are many birdhouses all over the world, but there is only one bird. It flies from one birdhouse to another. You never know exactly when the bird will be around your particular birdhouse, but there is a website with an online map that shows you where all birdhouses are located and where the bird is at that particular time.

Because the birdhouses are connected to the internet, a lot of information is available to the bird, for instance about weather conditions. The bird can decide to fly to where it’s warm, or where there’s daylight.

There is no fixed flight order; the bird decides where it will fly to next. However, it is possible to attract the bird: by touching the stick of the birdhouse, you can try to get the bird’s attention in order to tempt it to visit you next.


How does a Birdhouse work?

A Birdhouse is for indoor use only. It needs access to a WiFi (WLAN) wireless network. It ships with a Continental European powersupply, but works on any decent 5V USB charger.

It is easy to install and clear instructions are provided. The first time you power up your Birdhouse you connect it to your WiFi network using a computer, iPad, tablet, or smartphone. You can adjust its settings at the login section of this website.

Bird will automatically visit the Birdhouse a number of times a day and stays for a couple of minutes. You can call the bird by touching the stick of the Birdhouse. But remember: Bird decides where it flies to next.

The Birdhouses are handbuilt, no two are exactly the same. Its wooden roof is either oak, pear, walnut or black.


Privacy

The Birdhouse does not collect, record or share any data other than its system and location data and the IP adress of your network. It knows your WiFi SSID and password, but this information is stored locally; the Birdhouse is not capable of sharing it. Bird is not here to spy on you. In fact; it couldn't care less.


Birdmap

On the online map you can see where all the Birdhouses are located, watch where Bird is at this particular moment and track its recent whereabouts.

Due to privacy reasons, the icon on the Birdhouse Map shows the approximate position of each Birdhouse; it does not reveal its exact location.


Kickstarter

January 2018 a Kickstarter campaign successfully funded the development of software, website and 15 new Birdhouses, bringing the total to 26 Birdhouses, which went live in August 2018.

More Birdhouses are available; you can take part in the project!
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Bird's Hall of Fame

Bird says #thankyou to all the birdlovin' people that contributed to this project:

Technical development

Robert Stulle, Berlin | Christian Male, Notbot, Berlin | Jeroen Meijer, Berlin | EdenSpiekermann, Berlin | Rabenmütter, Berlin


Kickstarter backers

Alexander Tiffert, Lübeck DE | Annemarie Fetz, Roermond NL | Antje Trapp, Berlin | Artur Trainer | Dagmar Stübel, Berlin | David Hakkenberg, Apeldoorn NL | Elena N. | Floris Hommes, Assen NL | Frans Raven, Huizen NL | Hedda Kage, Berlin | Henk Huizinga, Amersfoort NL | Hilary J. Klassen, Toronto CAN | Jaegermeister, Wolfenbüttel DE | Joachim Trapp, Berlin | Jogchem Beltman, Den Haag NL | Johan Breugem, Voorburg NL | Juan Verdickt, Kalmthout BE | Katy Peichert, Berlin | Laureline van den Heuvel, Berlin | Marcel van der Meulen, Amersfoort NL | Marita Rouhof, Berlin | Martiene Raven, Berlin | Meike Ziegler, Berlin | Noor van Boven, Berlin | Peter Schouwenburg, Amsterdam NL | Peter L. Brown, New Jersey USA | Remmelt Loos van Meijel, Texel NL | Robert Stulle, Berlin | Shirley Lu, Sydney AU | Terri Harel, Berlin | Thijs de Bont, Groningen NL | Tobias Gantner, Köln DE | Tobias Pickl | Veit Jürgens, Berlin

How to buy a Birdhouse

and more background on the project

BIRDHOUSE is part of the WHISPERING WALL PROJECT
The Whispering Wall is a collective of portable, interactive, individual audio devices. Connected to and through the internet, each Whispering Wall performs its own, specific Work. It’s a global, Internet-of-Things work of art.

Whispering Wall project