Interactive installation AT DEEP SPACE 8K

Bird Song Diamond is a site- and habitat-specific interactive installation based on long-term research (2011-present) which uniquely connects evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence and life, spatial sound, mathematics and mechatronics.

deep space version

The Deep Space 8K version features bird songs from Austria and Japan—reflecting the unique relationship of these two cultures at Ars Electronica. Inspired by the thousand-cranes story, it evolves into a million birds and drones that address the complex relationship of machine, human and animal through multi-dimensional sound, video, and origami-based designs.

Audiences are engaged by attempting to mimic bird songs and participate as a group with male to female vocalizations. The collective behavior influences the flocking, images and sound—all working in real time. The interaction produces three different dimensions or scenarios: looking at what birds find interesting—worms, seeds and nests; influencing the flocking; and witnessing how the birds and drones see us—in collective gatherings such as demonstrations and celebrations.

about Deep space 8k

A 16 by 9 meters wall and 16 by 9 meters floor projection, laser tracking and 3-D animations were the specialities of the Deep Space since 2009. An all-out upgrade of the venue’s technical infrastructure of the Deep Space will enable audiences to enjoy projections at 8K resolution and thus worlds of imagery at a never-before-achieved level of quality.



THU Sept. 7, 2017, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM
FRI Sept. 8, 2017, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM
SAT Sept. 9, 2017, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM
SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 2:15 PM-2:45 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM
Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space 8K


In 2011, Victoria Vesna was invited by evolutionary biologist and artificial life expert Charles Taylor to join his highly interdisciplinary research group and help with the outreach for “Mapping Acoustic Network of Birds”. It took her three full years of absorbing, learning and going along with the researchers to record and map bird sounds during the early mornings in the Santa Monica Mountains to start conceptualizing the piece. She noticed that her relationship to space changed as she was hearing bird songs in open spaces, both in natural and urban environments, and became keenly aware of how we have edited this acoustic richness out of our daily experience.

By working closely with Taylor and his collaborators, most notably physicist Takashi Ikegami, the work emerged as a meditation on our relationship to birds in the natural environment as well as to the ever expanding number of artificial birds – drones. After installing first versions of the installation in New York, she received the opportunity from engineer Hiroo Iwata to envision the project in his recently established Large Space – the largest virtual reality space in the world. The focus here was on creating an immersive sound and visual environment that allows a group of people to interact and influence the sound composed by Itsuki Doi and the flocking patterns programmed in Iwata’s lab. The project is envisioned to be habitat and space specific and the bird recordings used in Tsukuba were given to the group by researcher Reiji Suzuki. 



Hiroo Iwata (EMP Program Leader, Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Joel Ong (PhD candidate, University of Washington, Seattle)
Mizuki Oka (Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Norihiro Maruyama (PhD, University of Tokyo)
Yuki Enzaki (Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Aki Yamada (Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Aisen Caro Chacin (PhD candidate, University of Tsukuba)
Maša Jazbec (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tsukuba)
Hikaru Takatori (Ph.D. student, University of Tsukuba)
Takeshi Oozu (Ph.D. student, University of Tsukuba)
Takahisa Enomoto (Master student, University of Tsukuba)
John Brumley (PhD candidate, University of Tsukuba)