Love Simulation EVE is a mirror of our memories and the game of our dreams offering an unprecedented experience in virtual reality
Espoo City Theatre and Team EVE join forces in Revontulihalli to deliver a VR spectacle never previously experienced in Finland. Love Simulation EVE is a unique and immersive ludonarrative adventure. First up, an audio drama to be listened to at home. Then, an hour-long immersion using a virtual reality headset. And finally, a finale that will only be revealed to those present in Revontulihalli.
Searching for a love algorithm
Love Simulation EVE asks what love is. The question is approached through memory work of loving and being loved. In virtual reality, the experience is brought to life by an ensemble of ten actors. EVE’s interactive segments feature Johanna Ruonala, Anja Bargum, Henry Pöyhiä and Jussi Lankoski.
Love Simulation EVE has facilitated a dialogue between VR creators and performing artists. Together, they aim to develop new modes of operation combining VR technology and performing art with corporeality and embodiment at the core.
– Spatial creation of worlds that is key in virtual reality and the creation of embodied presence both operate within same parameters, notes EVE’s artistic director Eero Tiainen. Tiainen has previously designed and produced several VR works and other immersive and ludonarrative productions. In Team EVE are also, among others, immersive pioneering productions specialist creative producer Inna Huttunen, love researcher and writer/dramaturg Pärttyli Rinne, intimacy director Juuso-Matias Maijanen, and immersive and interactive sound narrative specialist sound designer Matias Harju.
The virtual world is created by an international team of VR artists, including Iikkamatti Hauru, Kalle Blomberg, Liya Pirkulieva, Maciej Tomaszewski, and Evelin Jalonen-Hirano.
Expedition into a virtual world
– Embarking on a project such as this is always a digital expedition. Our ship sails out to the sea, to unchartered waters, explains Tiainen.
For Espoo City Theatre, the co-production has meant breaking new ground and creating a wholly new production model. Audience members will experience EVE individually in the re-configured space of Revontulihalli. On performance days, a journey starts every 15 minutes, with space allocated to eight audience members at a time.
For the audience, EVE offers an opportunity to explore issues around AI and digital reality. Simultaneously, EVE invites us on a personal journey to reflect on love and our longing for paradise.
Team EVE has worked on developing EVE since 2016. A six-minute demo, Love Simulation EVE: Water Spirits, features at Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA’s exhibition, In Search of the Present, until February 2023.
The project is supported by Aalto University, MAGICS infrastructure project, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, and Helsinki XR Center.
Premiere in Revontuli Hall March 1, 2023.
Performed in English (audio drama and subtitles available in Finnish and in English). Subtitles in Finnish available for the VR segment.