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The Technology of Noticing Oneself

In Provence this summer for the Aix Festival, I decided to drive up to Château LaCoste in Le Puy Sainte Réparade to take in one of the more unusual acts on a crowded schedule of opera: a 15-minute virtual reality opera called Eight, which had premiered at the Holland Festival in June. I’ve been reading books by Jaron Lanier, one of the inventors of virtual reality – he’d given me the idea that I could actually go into a virtual reality installation and come out alive.