Come, Fly with Us

The East Coast premiere of Birdly, Max Rheiner’s immersive flight simulator will allow visitors to soar over Manhattan. As part of the ‘Sensory Stories’ exhibition, Birdly will be on display at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image April 18th until May 17th.

Event Details


Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave, Astoria , New York 11106 United States


April 18, 2015 - June 07, 2015


Museum Admission

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to fly like a bird? The East Coast premiere of Birdly, Max Rheiner’s immersive flight simulator will allow you to soar over Manhattan.

Birdly will be part of  ‘Sensory Stories’, an exhibition of interactive project experimenting with new forms of storytelling at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York City. In the past, Birdly – developed at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHDK – has amazed the audiences at swissnex San Francisco and swissnex India alike and recently was in the limelight at the Sundance Film Festival.


“Birdly is the kind of Virtual Reality experience that turns skeptics into true believers.”
The Verge, 01/30/2015


Birdly will be operating Friday 4-8 PM and

Saturday/Sunday 11:30 AM – 7 PM from April 18th-June 7th 

About the Exhibit

Conceived and organized by the Future of StorytellingSensory Stories is a new exhibit of interactive projects that reinvent storytelling with innovative design enabled by digital techniques. The show includes premieres of new work, including the immersive flight simulator Birdly, an interactive film from Google Creative Lab, and the first oBook, a platform that expands literature into the dimension of scent.; The exhibit also features projects from Vincent Morisett, Chris Milk, the National Film Board of Canada, the Daniels, and more. The exhibition opens on April 18, 2015 at Museum of the Moving Image, and will be on view through July 26, 2015.

Sensory Stories features more than a dozen projects, selected by the curatorial team at the Future of StoryTelling, that invite visitors to immerse themselves in stories that engage all their senses—going beyond sight and hearing to include touch, feeling, and even smell. The exhibit includes virtual reality experiences, interactive films, participatory art installations, and new haptic interfaces that showcase the future of entertainment, where stories engage us in multisensoral, immersive, participatory, and personal ways.

Museum Information










Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Holiday hours: Monday and Tuesday, April 6 and 7, the Museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Birdly will be operating Friday 4-8PM and Saturday/Sunday 1130AM-7PM from April 18th-June 7th

Film Screenings: Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and as scheduled. Unless otherwise noted, tickets for screenings ($12.00 adults / $9.00 students and seniors / free for Museum members) will be available for advance purchase online at Screening tickets include same-day admission to the Museum’s galleries.

Museum Admission: $12.00 for adults; $9.00 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $6.00 for children ages 3–12. Children under 3 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) in Astoria.

Subway: M (weekdays only) or R to Steinway Street. Q (weekdays only) or N to 36 Avenue.

Program Information: Telephone: 718 777 6888

Membership: or 718 777 6877

The Museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York and located on the campus of Kaufman Astoria Studios. Its operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation). The Museum also receives generous support from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. For more information, please visit




The Future of StoryTelling is an annual summit and community platform that draws leaders from the worlds of media, technology, and communications to explore how stories are changing in the digital age. Throughout the year, FoST organizes quarterly influencer salons and panels, curates international technology exhibitions and showcases, creates an annual series of 15 to 20 short speaker films, produces a two-day summit and Story Crawl in New York every fall, publishes a monthly newsletter, and covers the most pertinent trends, ideas, and people in interactive media on FoST’s blog and across its social network.  For more information, visit



15swissnex_FINALBringing Birdly to the U.S. East Coast is one of 15 events designated to celebrate swissnex Boston’s 15 years of connecting the dots between Switzerland and North America in science, education, art and innovation.  

In the fall of 2000, Switzerland opened the world’s first ‘scientific consulate’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 15 years later, swissnex is a global network, with offices in Boston (Cambridge), Brazil, China, India, Singapore and San Francisco.