VR HACKATHON – STORIES FROM THE BATHHOUSE
Wiesbaden is a city with a long spa tradition. In 2022, goEast launched a “bathhouse” themed programme, inviting artists to create a totally new world devoted to this topic within the VRChat platform. Three projects were completed in less than two months: “Bloodbath” (Ukraine), which was honoured by Raindance Festival; “Hammam” (Turkey, USA); and “Exotic with a Happy Ending” (Germany, Uzbekistan). Each project was presented in a physical exhibition during the festival as well as online in goEast’s VRChat world, conceived as a reconstruction of Wiesbaden’s famous Kaiser Friedrich Spa.
Our virtual bathhouse is a gateway to diverse stories which were once created by authors for a limited audience, but are now being made accessible for many more people in a public context. This year, goEast has selected three further projects and asked the authors to present their stories and worlds to our growing VRChat community.
All three works originally existed as independent offline experiences, which, now combined, represent a real-time experiment in which the authors lead visitors through their virtual world in a multiplayer experience, by shifting narratives and perspectives and enabling visitors to become co-authors of the story.