The VR theater piece „Prometheus Bound,“ which premiered in 2019, created an experience that placed the audience between two extremes: virtual and real, euphoria and awakening, transcendence and limitation of the physical body. The online version of the new VR work, a sequel to the previous work, will be revised and exhibited as Ars Electronica 2021 Garden TOKYO ver. The dreams of young people living abroad as laborers during the pandemic are superimposed on a vision of the future in which humanity is freed from physical suffering. The anxiety of the young people who have nowhere to go is sublimated into the anxiety of the avatars who are trapped between existence and non-existence, and eventually unfolds as a collective nightmare in the VR space. This theater piece poses a question about how we visualize an image of human beings beyond the experience of the pandemic, when we all had limited contact with others and had to rely on virtual communications.
This play can be viewed either by using PCVR or web browser(Google Chrome is the recommended).
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Meiro Koizumi (JP): Concept / Sound Recording and Editing / Direction: Meiro Koizumi
Performers: Nguyen Hong Quan, Phuong Anh Nguyen, Manh Tuong Tran, Minh Nguyen, Le Thi Le Thuy
VR Production: A440 Inc.
VR Management: Tsuyoshi Nomura
VR Effects: Katsuya Taniguchi (Rhino Studios)
Co-operation: Dinh The Trung, Bui Thi Dong
Production Manager: Sayuri Fujii
Curator: Chiaki Soma
VR platform: STYLY (Psychic VR Lab)
Production: Theater Commons Tokyo, A440 Inc.