A virtual moment of extinction

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.

Making of: Blog by Morten Andersen, Technical director

Awards and selections
  • Jury prize for best VR: Thessaloniki Documentary film festival
  • Special mention: Festival du nouveau cinéma Montreal
  • Official selection: CPH:DOX
  • Official selection: Bergen Film festival
  • Official selection: Adelaide Film Festival
  • Official selection: Geneva Int. Film festival

The installation is supported by VIVE and produced in collaboration with Carte Blanche and The Animation Workshop / VIA University College


Duration: 10 mins.  VR made for HTC Vive and Oculus rift
Director: Lucy Greenwell
Art and Animation Directors: Michelle & Uri Kranot
VR Designer: Morten Andersen
Creative Technologist: Federico Fasce
Producers: Anetta Jones, The Guardian (UK) / Lana Tankosa Nikolic, Late love production (DK)
Executive producer: Francesca Panetta
Year: 2018

Installation in collboration with Sara Topseo Jensen