VR: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

“The sleep of reason produces monsters” (El sueño de la razón produce monstruos) is one the most representatives etchings of the series “Los Caprichos”, published in 1799 by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.

In the work, I reinterpreted Goya’s print using Virtual Reality. The etching becomes a room where the visitor,  wearing VR glasses, can move and discover objects, videos, sounds, within an immersive space.

Understanding the impact of technology on our lives today in the light of Goya seems to be relevant. Technical progress does not automatically correspond to moral progress, and not necessarily bring emancipation to the spirits, making the subject less affected by his destructive drives. Or, technology does not destroy our inner monsters, but maybe, rather the opposite.

The project was awarded by XR-HUB Bavaria – Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Digitales, Germany.

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