Lisa Weeda on Enter New Babylon and Writing for VR
writer and director of VR
As a coach for the writers of Enter New Babylon, I say: experimenting with text in a relatively new medium is a fruitful process for (young) writers who want to work in the world of tomorrow and are not afraid to apply their craft and skills in multiple media forms, such as VR.
An immersive medium such as virtual reality offers a lot of room for research and development. It is, therefore, a new art form on which this young group of writers can leave their mark. By participating in Enter New Babylon, they will be able to adapt better and, in turn, think along with game and experience designers in the future about a complete experience, in which the text stands firmly.
As a coach in this process and a writer in practice, myself, I also collaborating in multiple disciplines such as VR, audio and photography. I know that ‘being a hybrid writer’ is a skill that benefits you. Being allowed to work with Constant’s ideas, to be able to shape these ideas with new (voice) layers and interaction, is a great and big step for the writers. They build on a legacy in a medium in which they are allowed to pioneer. Everything a young all-round writer needs to experiment with is captured in this project. Enter New Babylon brings disciplines together beautifully, in a fresh, layered and challenging way.