game and solo show at Off Site Project, composed of 24 cgi worlds, videos, images and text
- on offsiteproject.org (15/4/21-30/7/21)
"You are awake. Yes, that’s right, you are not dead. You are the Ghost of Louis XIV. And you are on a mission, or shall we call it a quest…"
'Harkening back to choose-your-own-adventure books, early text-based video games and two-dimensional dungeon explorations, Off Site Project is excited to present a new interactive narrative experience created by the French-Belgian artist Léa Porré.'
To play Versaliae go to the Off Site Project homepage where you can launch the game and map in pop-up windows.
Continuing Porré’s ongoing exploration into French history and the allure of monarchy, Versaliae functions as a playful narrative concealing an examination of the cyclical rearticulation of Versailles throughout the ages. Dislodged from the 17th century, the Palace and King along with it, appears in the imagination of turn-of-the-century English tourists, a ‘Mad’ German King, a Floridian socialite and beauty pageant director, and Turkish property developers. To find peace, Louis must contend with the incessant hyperreal echoes of his reign.
Throughout the journey players will encounter a series of theatrical digitally staged sets created by Porré to illustrate her narrative imagination. Each is composed in an ethereal skybox, lavishly decorated within a 3D game engine, constituting a new series of artworks that fuse retro game logics with contemporary design technologies.