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HanaHana 花華

Mélodie Mousset

HanaHana 花華 the VR experience, takes the player in a harrowing and thrilling journey into the depths of their minds, bodies and senses: Imagine if Minecraft and Tilt Brush met in a Salvador Dalí painting. You are the first-person player of HanaHana 花華, the life-force in a surreal sandbox. Embodied in a swarm of molecules, you are granted the ability to teleport and to create. By teleporting you can explore anywhere. By creating you can sprout hands, grow chains of hands and construct anything you can imagine from this root component. Be part of this artistic journey, in which the community of players collectively create a new, hand-made metaverse.

HanaHana 花華—Japanese meaning “blooming, flower“—takes its name and inspiration from the famous manga One Piece in which the character Nico Robin has the power to infinitely sprout and reproduce her own body parts on any surface thanks the magic of the Hana Hana no Mi “devil fruit.“ The VR technology, like the devil fruit, grants the player with the heroine’s powers and allows us to experience for ourselves how it feels to have these extraordinary abilities: the excitement, awe, fear and other emotional states raised by our presence in digital bodies. Surreal, weird and uncanny, HanaHana 花華 is an outgrowth of Mousset’s ongoing artistic exploration on the liminal space between technology and self.

PROJECT INFO

GENRE  Poetic VR experience

YEAR   2017

LANGUAGE   None

ORIGIN   Switzerland

DIRECTION, CONCEPT, ART Mélodie Mousset

DEVELOPMENT (beta version) Naëm Baron

GAME DEVELOPMENT BidOn Game

MUSIC, SOUND EFFECT Joe Willams

3D ART Guillaume Arnaudo

ANIMATION Romain Ferrand

GRAPHIC DESIGN Marietta Eugster with Thomas Petit

VIDEO Ashby Collinson & Gustav Hoder