The Lacuna Shifts


Alice in Wonderland inspired the artists’ collective named DEPART to create this Virtual Reality application that immerses users in a world behind the looking glass in which nothing is the way it seems. Walls move, objects begin to speak, and gravity ceases to operate. The space is incessantly changing, depending on one’s point of view. The use of a real-time 3-D environment lets visitors experience this realm of wonders that has new surprises in store each time you step inside.

In the background, voices are audible, and there appear excerpts from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, its sequel entitled Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There and new poetic fragments written by the members of DEPART. The combination of these surreal graphical, auditory and textual levels sends visitors on a journey that is characterized by a deceptive sense of space, acoustic hallucinations and mysterious aesthetics, and that begins to call into question the entirety of one’s perceptions of space, the world and reality itself.


VR-Experience, Duration ca. 6 minutes
Computer, HTC Vive, Wooden Object, Mirror 2017 by DEPART (Leonhard Lass, Gregor Ladenhauf)

commissioned by Sound:Frame