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Travelling VR library comes to city

It seeks to embed human stories within a much grander narrative, one which includes the birth of our planet and the evolution of all life forms.

CHENNAI: The Infinite Library is a travelling installation produced by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan that reimagines the future of libraries as interactive spaces that engage visitors through multi-sensory forms of storytelling. It seeks to embed human stories within a much grander narrative, one which includes the birth of our planet and the evolution of all life forms. Now, the Infinite Library has come to Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai and will be on view till September 24.

Dr. Subhasri Vijayakumar, Head of Information and Library, tells us, “The concept of a library has changed over the years. Books are no more the only source of information. One of the major aspects of this virtual reality (VR) installation is knowledge transfer. The library includes a QR code game, holograms, 3D-printed objects, and audio-visual works. The project’s central piece is a vast VR library set in a cave. The project is an immersive storytelling experience that visualises different cultural backgrounds across past, present, and future, expanding the concept of the library into a cross-cultural concept of knowledge transfer through VR rooms.” Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai has also planned a few programmes like a shadow puppetry show.

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