United Kingdom, Denmark, HTC Vive, 2018, 10’
Art and animation direction: Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Production: The Guardian, Late Love productions
Distribution: Diversion Cinema
Installation supported by HTC Vive arts
A commission and collaboration with The Guardian Virtual Reality team, Songbird is a fairytale with a dark heart. You will be transported to the island of Kauai in 1984 and into a painted replica of a lush cloud forest filled with colourful birds. Here, you are invited to search for the last known ʻōʻō, an iconic black bird with yellow leg feathers and a beautiful song, a bird whose existence has been threatened to the point of extinction.
is an audio producer focusing on narrative and storytelling. She has made features and documentaries for BBC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Live and the World Service, including the award-winning Jon Ronson On... for BBC Radio 4. At the Guardian she made the Sony nominated series on walks in London, and worked on the Keep it in the Ground campaign and audio series. More recently she was senior producer for The Butterfly Effect, a chart topping nonfiction audio series for Audible presented by Jon Ronson. She founded Lives on Record, a venture recording life stories in not-for-broadcast interviews. Songbird is her first VR piece.