ACMI's latest VR Commission, Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid is an intimate virtual reality experience that explores the thoughts we don't share, the desires we keep covered and how they affect our relationships.
Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid invites audiences into the lives of two characters, Maude and Steve, and into the kitchen where they fell in love and grew old together over 50 years. In the intimate, two-person experience, audiences will choose the ghost they inhabit, then enter into the memory of their character to journey through time, discovering what went wrong in their relationship. The work is a meditation on our propensity to keep secrets, the words that go unheard, and what this means for our relationships.
ACMI Director and CEO, Katrina Sedgwick, today remarked on the ability for virtual reality technology to bring live performance experiences to a broad audience. “As VR becomes a new tool for artistic expression we are excited about how leading practitioners who work in live performance can harness it and speak to audiences in new ways on this rapidly evolving platform," said Katrina.
“Through our expanding commissioning strategy, along with our co-working space acmi X, ACMI is supporting artists from across the creative industries to explore cross disciplinary collaborations and embrace new technologies to speak to audiences through the moving image."
Ghosts, Toasts and Things Unsaid was on show at ACMI from 29 Oct to 13 Nov, 2016.