📚 A Chennai library’s VR experience

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Instead of borrowing a book, you can experience it in a virtual reality (VR) installation.

What’s it about? At the city’s Goethe-Institut library, things aren’t what they seem. The library itself has a green glow. It has QR codes, projections on the walls, and glass jars with 3D-printed sculptures. It’s part of The Infinite Library that’s travelling through Goethe-Institut libraries across the country.

  • The VR experience, titled The Main Cavern, lasts 15 minutes. It’s a combination of all the components of the library with three choices – Library of Shadows, Elements, or Navigation.
  • The third choice, Navigation, was created by filmmaker Mika Johnson from the Czech Republic. You’ll be in a boat travelling along the waves with a dog companion and dolphins in the sea.

History: The Infinite Library has been in the works for two years. It started travelling in March. For Mika, the installation is influenced by a sci-fi story from Jorge Juis Borges. It’s a way to reimagine the library as a public space. The next stop is Pune.

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