Muted is a virtual reality experience that lets you sink below the surface of a young girl’s silence. Parental abandonment has left her voiceless. In a world of her own creation, she imagines a sister. Everyday, she goes to meet her by the edge of the old village wash-house, where for hours she gazes into the bottom of the large pool. She sees her dancing through the water, allowing herself to slowly sink down into her illusions, down to the depths of herself.
The participant experience a weightless drop of several hundred meters in the water, inside the hidden world of this young girl. Like a freediver’s descent, he will discover a poetic, hand-drawn universe and fall through million of particles dancing around.
Muted is not a 360 movie, but a six degrees of freedom experience that allows us to be fully integrated into the universe. This experience mixes emotional and physical sensation by bringing the feeling of abandonment closer to a weightless fall.
The Muted experience was presented for the first time at Chroniques in autumn 2018 and at Kanal – Center Pompidou in spring 2019.
Creation : Christophe Monchalin
IT Dev and Graphics : Christophe Monchalin, Gauthier Roumagne
Interpretation : Léonore Guy, Maud Chapoutier
Illustration : Tomoko Yoshida, Christophe Monchalin
2D animation : Evelien de Roeck
Music : Yann Deval
Voice : Léonore Guy
Chroniques 2018 International digital art biennal / Created as part of the production platform, supported by the Région Sud Coordination : Seconde Nature et ZINC With the help of : Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Le BRASS Centre Culturel de Forest, La Maison du peuple, commune de St Gilles, Le Centre culturel Bruxelles Nord, Maison de la création, La Raffinerie / Charleroi Danses
Description : The benchmark VR format.
Platform compatibilty : Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Technical Requirements : VR Headset, dedicated space (3m b 3m mini), compatible desktop PC, Power outlet, headphone, Internet connection
Tutorial : Contact production
User Mediation: Contact production