You may have noticed the sound of a song sung in Chinese.
Whose voice was it?
What was the singing person doing while singing? Was she focusing on communicating/projecting out something through her song or was it just an almost involuntary activity accompanying a more deliberate one?
Who was she? How old was she? What was she wearing?
What was her relation to the main character – was she his mother, lover, nanny, granny, sister, neighbour, friend, or someone else still?
Does the song represent something well-known and comforting? Or fascinating new? Affectionate or seductive? Or does it bring to mind an altogether different quality?
What makes you think this way? Does it remind you of any experiences or impressions in your own life? Have you ever been singing knowing that someone can hear you but not see you? Have you ever been captivated or tantalised by someone else’s singing?
The song’s lyrics were in Chinese. What do you imagine their meaning was?
Try to consider an alternative story about the unseen person – imagine she is different in age and motivation; that she is unknown or known to the main character in a different capacity.
What impression did the singing make on the other characters in the scene?
What impression did it make on you?
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“A man who doubts his own love may, or rather must, doubt every lesser thing.” Freud
In the second part of the experience, you chose to follow the journey of one of the men whom you had seen in previous scenes.
Is he a strong character? What is he like when he is on his own? Does the presence of the others affect him in any way?
How would you feel if you met him in real life?
What is his struggling with? What are his desires?
What fantasies and concerns dominate his journey?
Is he happy in the end? Why or why not?
Perhaps our dreams do come true, but in forms which make us no longer recognize them?
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The elements that captured you attention during your VR journey may point to your sensitivity, curiosity and openness to the world around you, which can captivate you without demanding answers. You can be capable of appreciating beauty and contemplating unknowingness and staying open to experience without the need for an immediate closure.