Cover image by Eileen Meny.
Cat's out of the bag, and on stage, with The Under Presents, a VR collab with Tender Claws, produced by Oculus
From January 24-29, Piehole's at Sundance with our pals Tender Claws, for an early press-preview of The Under Presents. Produced by Oculus, this project combines live theater and VR, and brings this experience to your living room via The Quest, Oculus' newest headset. We have been having so much fun figuring out how live performance works in VR, and working with some of our favorite NYC performing artists in "The Under" - the cabaret space that frames the story within a story in this sprawling world. Players can enjoy a more plot driven experience on a stranded ship, or explore The Under, where they may find pop startists, dancing cats, office jazzercise routines, and a skeletan-drummer named Tina. We can't wait to tell you more! Meanwhile, enjoy this trailer...
How do you create a live experience that is both individual and shared?
Piehole is working with playwright and screenwriter Celine Song on a brand new project called Tread on Me, Tread Softly. The aim is to create an audio-guided theater experience that explores citizenship, questioning what we’re willing to give up for the “greater good.” The guides feed competing perspectives and information to each audience member, which generate obstacles they must encounter in order to forge a functioning community.
Participants must occupy the same space as one community, and take care of their disparate, common, at times contradicting, demands, needs, and goals.
Stay tuned as we continue to develop this piece in 2019!
Earlier in 2018 Piehole worked on a very new type of project with our friends over at Tender Claws (Samantha Gorman & Danny Cannizzaro): TendAR, an augmented reality app that features a small fish ("Guppy") who lives inside a tank in your smartphone, growing more sentient and curious about the human world by the day.
Drawing on our experiences blurring boundaries in theater—between audience and performer, fiction and "real life," inanimate and living, joke and mistake—this new digital context has been immensely gratifying and expansive for us. And now we get to share it with you!
Android users can download Tendar for free from Google Play. Have fun, but be careful! You never know what may happen when you give a digital pet too much of a taste of the human experience.
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