Kakia Konstantinaki’s Hyper-Opera is a digital immersive experience based on The Odyssey and told from the perspectives of its female characters. Described as a ‘website-specific online performance’, it takes place across several sites including the Hyper-Opera website itself, eBay and SoundCloud, creating ‘new perceptions of the operatic experience and… structures of narratives’.
As a fan of Punchdrunk’s theatrical extravaganzas, I love the concept of pushing the boundaries of site-specific theatre through multiple digital platforms where viewers are able to choose which characters or stories they wish to follow.
It would be interesting to see collaborative efforts to blend physical and digital immersive experiences such as these. What are the implications of blurring the lines between physical and virtual environments? Could we utilise this to create new modes of consumer engagement? How might we use this to communicate compelling and cohesive narratives?
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