Department or Program

Media Arts and Sciences

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

David Olsen

Additional Advisor(s)

Jordan Tynes

Additional Advisor

N. Adrianna Knouf


Bird Noticing invites the player into a quiet clearing in some generic New England woods, and rewards them with the chance to interact with wildlife if they hold still and keep quiet. Bird Noticing is an attempt to answer the question of what virtual reality is for. It is the preserved, composite memory of every bird watching trip my partner has taken with his father, and my own childhood growing up in rural upstate New York, filtered through too many hours playing Animal Crossing. Its goal is to allow the user to live that composite memory.

Bird Noticing Final (457424 kB)
The game itself. Can be run on any sufficiently powerful Windows machine (requires virtual reality headset).