Created by Vos van der Noordt
The audience enters a hall with three big circles laying on the ground. They all have a different color, and there is a host standing next to them. ‘How do you feel today? Are you having an energetic day, are you up for an adventure? Or would you rather zone out for a minute?
‘Transtopia’ is an interactive VR experience that focusses on the area between A and B, which means the time you spend when moving between two destinations.
In this event you get to choose between three alternative ways to spend this time; ‘Immerse yourself within beauty’, ‘Lose yourself within scale’, and ‘Turn yourself off with sound’.
After choosing the option, the audience steps into the matching’ transportation circle’ where they put on a (VR) safety helmet. After a few tips and tricks on how to handle the controls, the transition begins and they are free to step and stand where you wish!
In this experience Vos tried to zoom in on a specific element of his utopia, the transportation and the way society is organized around it. Transportation has one of the biggest influences on our society and how we structure our cities. Everything has a function and it has to be efficient and fast. It is ‘genious’ and magnificent in how well it works, but at the same time it kills a lot of possibilities. There is almost no space left for playing, creating or doing things that have no direct efficient function. There is little room to express yourself outside of fixed forms and conventions.
Constant Nieuwenhuijs stated that ‘every human being has a primitive need for vital expression’, and ‘what we call “genius” is nothing else but the power of the individual to free himself from the ruling aesthetic and place himself above it’.
Vos’ perspective on that: we need to create space for it then! Did you know that in the Netherlands alone, onehundredthirtyfivemillion fourhundredseventythousand meters is used for public roads and transport? The solution in Vos’ head is a floating sphere that brings you to your destination via the sky. Therefore, there is no need for public transportation on the surface anymore. And with that way of traveling, we clear not only physical space, but also mental space. We generate room for ourselves to express. In Transtopia you will have thousands different possibilities to create your own transitions in the floating sphere’s and share them with other people. It is a way to design your own moments of adventure, meditation or to meet people and express yourself in a different way. And when you land at your destination, there will be lots of space to do and move the way you want on the surface of the earth. Imagine what playful, creative and (in)effective things we could do with all that space. What would you do with it?