Kafka and virtual reality Photo: Goethe-Institut

November 16 - December 15, 2019

Library, Goethe-Institut Thailand

MRT: Lumpini station

Kafka and virtual reality


“One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.” Thus, begins ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, one of the 20th century’s most famous novellas. And now you can experience a Kafkaesque metamorphosis without having to go through an unsettling night.
On Saturday, 16 November 2019, we open a Kafka-inspired virtual reality space called “VRwandlung”.
 VRwandlung Kafka6
“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 art and creative director of this project.

During the six-minute experience, you as Gregor Samsa can explore his bedroom. The room installation metamorphosisVR starts directly at the point of first narrative when Gregor Samsa wakes up and sees himself turned into an insect. The visitors have to learn how to behave with such a monstrous body. You can move within the room while Gregor’s family and manager attempt to get in.
Will you manage to find the key with the legs of an insect just before the door opens?

Concept and direction by Mika Johnson
Produced by Goethe-Institut Prag and Shahid Gulamali
Presented on the Unfolding Kafka Festival by the Goethe-Institut Thailand

Visit the installation
We will help you with the VR-equipment. An installation allows one person to visit at a time. A visit per person takes about 5-10 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome during the opening hours of the library.

Groups and school classes can reserve their time slots at: / Tel. 02 1088242

Opening hours of the library
Mon-Thurs           09:30a.m. – 06:00p.m.
Fri                        Closed
Sat                       08:00a.m. – 05:00p.m.
Sun                      08:00a.m. – 01:00p.m.