Fly Birdie Fly, August 2011
World Badminton Championships
Arty Sporty Sciency Art (ASSA)
Julie Westerman (Art & Design Research Centre)
Dr John Hart (Centre for Sports Engineering Research)
The Arty Sciency Sporty Art (ASSA) initiative is a cross faculty project at Sheffield Hallam University, that intends to use Sport as a gateway into Art and a gateway into Science for the general public
'Fly Birdie Fly' is a video animation looking at the flight of the shuttlecock. ASSA has taken and built upon the substantial quantity of information into shuttle flight being generated by CSER and presents the data within a powerful and poetic narrative, striping the shuttlecock back to its origins, back to the original starting point, the source of the feathers. The film explores the story of the flight of the shuttle, from the flight of the goose, to the dynamics of the feather to the final flick smash and drop of the Birdie. The final film carries a soundscape that expands the narrative possibilities from the ringing of Tibetan singing bowls to gaggling geese.