Collaborative game with Virtual Reality and hologram pyramid
Illustration Meike Gerstenberg
Research project at the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in Dortmund
“HoloPy³” is a game, that researches the expansion of theater with digital media and explores the applicability of holograms and virtual reality. In this respect, it reflects on the added value of three-dimensional and interactive narrative forms in terms of content and art – especially in view of the non-existent fourth wall in these media. “HoloPy³” brings theater, holograms and virtual reality together in a new way: First of all, theater as a place of immediate embodiement of cultural content, ritual performance practice and social exchange; then holograms as a collectively perceivable augmented (extended) reality; and finally virtual reality as an experience that is currently mostly realized in the conscious perception of the individual.
For this purpose, the form of a cooperative game for two players was chosen: One player is in a virtual world via VR glasses and a second player can overlook this virtual world from the outside in a hologram pyramid. This is above all a game with dimensions and perspectives: While the first player appears to the second in the pyramid like a tiny figure, this world seems oversized to the first player, he even needs the second player to orientate himself in it. And this is also how the game is set: Only if the two players support each other and complement their respective perspectives with those of the other player they can win the game - and then switch roles.
Showcase of work in progress:
Performing Arts & Digitalität Festival
Date: Saturday 10/03/2020 14-22h
Location: 806qm, Alexanderstraße 2, Darmstadt
Due to Covid-19, the Open House event, where the fellows of the Academy for Theatre and Digitality normally present their research results to the public, was not able to take place. However, the projects have been showcased in virtual space as part of the 2021 annual conference "DiG IT ALL" of the Dramaturgische Gesellschaft. For this purpose, the academy has been recreated on the VR platform Mozilla Hubs, where interested parties could visit the fellows in their labs and walk through the projects in virtual versions.
Date: Saturday 01/23/2021
For those interested, I offer a virtual presentation of the project on Mozilla Hubs.
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