(Virtual) | Liarbirds
Liarbirds is an augmented encounter developed within the ecosystem of Instagram to respond to online communities manifested around fringe ideas like conspiracy theories that permeate our everyday culture. In particular, it takes the idea “Birds aren’t real” as a point of departure, which claims that pigeons are in fact drones deployed by the United States government to surveil the population. Liarbirds is a play on this cultural phenomenon that makes fake birds real again by superimposing a swarm of digital creatures on one’s physical space through the mediation of Augmented Reality. These digital birds respond to user interaction while occupying a space of hybridity and emergent behavior.
Collaborator: Phil Mulliken