Virtual Reality & Reading VRwandlung : Gregor Samsa in Mumbai

VRwandlung © Mika Johnson

Thu, 17.10.2019 -
Mon, 21.10.2019

10:00 AM

Library MMB

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” Thus begins Franz Kafka´s “The Metamorphosis” cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the twentieth century.

Now with VR technology you can wake up as a huge insect in a room faithfully reproduced after the original. “VRwandlung transfers Franz Kafka’s work from the pages of a book to virtual reality. The protagonist is no longer Gregor Samsa, but you”, explains Mika Johnson, the director who created the theme room with his young start-up team. During this 6 minutes experience, you as Gregor Samsa can explore the bed room, pull out some drawers and finds the key to unlock the door…once the door opens and the game ends!

“The Metamorphosis,” can be seen as a punishment fantasy with Gregor Samsa feeling triply guilty of having displaced his father as leading breadwinner for the family, for his hatred of his job, and resentment of his family’s expectations of him. He turns himself into a detestable insect, thereby both rebelling against the authority of his firm and father and punishing himself for this rebellion by seeking estrangement, rejection, and death. Insofar as Gregor’s physical manifestation constitutes a translation of the interior self to the external world, “The Metamorphosis” is a stellar achievement of expressionism.
The VR project “VRwandlung” is a combination of classic literature and modern technology. As a project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Prague, “VRwandlung” turns Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, one of the most influential novella of the 20th century, into a virtual reality experience.

The virtual reality installation was developed by Goethe-Institut Prag in cooperation with Mika Johnson and Shahid Gulamali and is presented in Mumbai by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

17.10.2019 : 10 am – 6 pm

18.10.2019: 10 am – 4 pm

20.10.2019: 10 am – 2 pm

21.10.2019: 10 am – 5 pm;

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