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Posted on Thu 26 May 2016


Birds as Magical Creatures

I've been researching birds as magical creatures as part of the development of the character of OuijaBird. Before we developed manned flight birds were strange and magical creatures. They would fly away out of sight to a…

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Rosie Cooke

Rosie Cooke

Rosie was the Pervasive Media Studio Assistant between 2015-2017.

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Magician in Residence: Stuart Nolan

Meet Stuart Nolan's new pet the IdeoBird, a magical, mindreading creature. Held gently in your palm, the IdeoBird can sense the small subconscious movements of your hand and arms and so divine your secrets.

I've been researching birds as magical creatures as part of the development of the character of OuijaBird.

Before we developed manned flight birds were strange and magical creatures. They would fly away out of sight to a place we could only imagine. And we imagined many wonderful things. Heavens and palaces and mystical lands.

Birds could also talk. The were the natural choice for messengers of the gods. Traditions of fortune-telling birds grew up all over the world. Reading the patterns of seeds left on a tray after a bird had eaten from them. Reading the shapes of flocks of birds. Or having birds choose you a written fortune.

These fortune telling birds often live in elaborate cages.

There is also a tradition of bird automata from Hero of Alexandria to the magical props of Robert-Houdin. There's a good brief history here.

OuijaBird needs to be more mysterious than IdeoBird but not too Gothic. OuijaBird's interactions are less easy to understand and, like all oracles, she needs to be interpreted to have meaning. I want her to have something of Max Ernst's bird-character Loplop about her. Something Surreal in the true sense of the word. Something slightly jarring. 

 


Project blog by Rosie Cooke

Posted on Thu 26 May 2016

Some pictures of OuijaBird 1.1 in production.

Project blog by Rosie Cooke

Posted on Thu 26 May 2016

The first protopype of OuijaBird was built this week...OuijaBird - the canary in the mind.An ethereal and elusive creature, you will know her by her song. She detects your Ideomotor Quotient (ImQ), reads your…