Birdhouse: An internet-of-things work of art
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 and through the internet. There will be 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?
The Birdhouses are easy to install and clear instructions are provided. You need a power-outlet and WiFi (or as they call it in Germany: WLAN). The first time you power up your Birdhouse you connect it to your WiFi network using a computer, iPad, tablet, or smartphone.
Bird will automatically visit the Birdhouse a number of times a day and stay there 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 birch (lightbrown), walnut (darkbrown) or black.
I want to build as many Birdhouses as possible and distribute them around the world. You can participate in the project and buy a Birdhouse or these #birdgoodies:
Birdhouse does not record or collect any kind of information. It will only share its geographic position with the Birdhouse-network, so its approximate location can be shown on the online map.
- 12x14x11cm, 330 gram
- powered by 5V micro USB, 3 mtr cable included with 100-240V adapter, or use an iPhone/similar USB adapter
- WiFi network required
- for indoor use only
About the artist
I am a Dutch artist/thinker, living in Berlin. Focussing on change and resistance to change, my work is about Time. Combining art, music and philosophy, I compose, arrange and direct, using sound by means of my Whispering Wall project and image by the use of photography.
Birdhouse is part of my Whispering Wall art-project, a collective of portable, interactive, individual audio devices, connected to and through the internet, performing audio works all over the world. The idea is to sound-connect places on a global scale and to create virtual places using audio. Each Whispering Wall performs its own, specific Work, based on where it is situated. It’s a global, internet-of-things work of art.
More information on Birdhouse or how to contact me: birdhouse.albertraven.de
Risks and challenges
The first houses have been build and they work beautifully. I started this Kickstarter-campaign to fund the next houses and the development of additional software for them to interact and the online map to work. Programmers of EdenSpiekermann Berlin and I have come up with a plan for the development of the software, which we lab-tested successfully. Now it’s time to spread the word and get the Birdhouses out into the world. Let's get this bird in the air!
The minimum goal is set to 5.900 € and must be met for this campaign to succeed and the project to start. With 12 Birdhouses and several goodies changing hands, this budget will cover the costs for building these Birdhouses (34%), developing the software (46%) and project costs, such as PR, prints, shipment, VAT and Kickstarter (20%).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (49 days)