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TEDxAmsterdam 2013 Human Birdwings by Mind Map: TEDxAmsterdam 2013
Human Birdwings
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TEDxAmsterdam 2013 Human Birdwings

... Was it all over?


someone noted some computer animation being involved in the test flight

someone traced profile picture back to original, original, Jarno


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Floris Kaayk

Interview with Frenk van der Linden

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Being able to fly like a bird

with flapping wings...

we've all dreamed about it

what would it feel like?

The Human Birdwings project

started from my dream of flying

fictional story

taking place on internet,

during 8 weeks

using alter ego Jarno Smeets

one goal: flying with his own big wings

structure of the story

Sketching, building and designing a recoltionary flapping wings systems

elements of Jarno's personal life

shared on a diary-like weblog

progress of wings

shared research

talking about his personal life

post 14 YouTube videos

asked followers to help in last video

The next steps...

decided to create more fictional characters

leading to a more energetic story

got some media attention

3 page interview in Humo, Floris: felt very unconfortable, fear of being unmasked, felt bad misleading people, Jarno: felt very honored

financial times



caused exponential growth in followers

climax of the story: testing the wings

only being lifted 15 centrmeter

Jarno: dissapointed

media: great succes

Wired, analysed the testflight

the finale

keeping quiet

only upating the true followers about the wing making process

then releasing the video of the succesful test flight

within 24 hours completely exploded on the internet

news broadcasters from all over the world wanted to talk to jarno about this succesful test flight

news broadcasters started to rip the video and use in their news items

ILM (a special effects company) discovered the computer animation in the video

spreaded this all over the world

the Flying Dutchman became the Lying Dutchman

most of the responses were very positive

some peole were very dissapointed, feeling cheated, feeling that their dreams were crushed


I don't want to act again

I don't want to lie again

This was a very succesful way of reaching millions of people

the dream is still a dream, because the whole project was fiction