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Good night, sleep tight (remix)

Good night, sleep tight (remix)

Dunne, Joseph, Zisels Lopes Machado Ramos, Jorge ORCID: 0000-0003-4868-9700 and Maravala, Persis Jade (2018) Good night, sleep tight (remix). International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 14 (2). pp. 215-223. ISSN 1479-4713 (Print), 2040-0934 (Online) (doi:

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Good Night, Sleep Tight is an interactive virtual reality performance created by theatre and digital arts company ZU-UK. It was previewed at Gerry’s Kitchen in July 2017. Combining VR and binaural technologies, participants are put to bed and transported to a dreamscape composed of childhood imagery and aerial cityscapes. This artistic position remixes the audience’s experience and the artistic processes of Good Night, Sleep Tight to proffer a critical engagement with the aesthetics of VR. Theories pertaining to VR and theatre are emerging but not yet fully established. The discourse between technologists and artists is key to understanding how VR is a new artistic medium requiring a language not solely redolent of gaming or theatre. The format of this article reflects ZU-UK’s contention that VR experiences are best designed as collaborations between artists and audiences who construct an imaginary world through interactive media. The seven scenes below concentrate on different aspects of the rehearsal process and the final performance from the perspectives of the ZU-UK directors, VR technologists, and participants. Interspersed throughout the article are fragments from the Good Night, Sleep Tight script and a description of the piece from the reader’s perspective, who acts as ZU-UK’s imaginary audience member.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: interactive, participatory, binaural, childhood, VR, technology, 360 video, mixed reality, immersive, theatre & games, intimacy, liveness
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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