Sunday, September 21, 2014

Perú: Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa "Lives" in Series of Life-Size Holograms in Aerequipa

According to EFE Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, now has, in the town of Arequipa where he was born, a “museum home” in which he recounts the most significant moments of his life with a series of holograms that are life-size, three-dimensional representations of the author.

The most innovative audiovisual techniques tell the life story of the Peruvian writer on a tour of sixteen galleries in the house in downtown Arequipa where he was born, and which now recreates the times and places that most influenced and inspired him.

“Welcome to this virtual museum. I was born in this house and here I spent the first year of my life with my mother and maternal family. And here you will now see an animated synthesis of my entire career as a writer,” Vargas Llosa says in a hologram that greets visitors beside the desk of his grandfather Pedro.

“This is an idea unique in the world and totally innovative, which affords the public a more emotional, more existential experience,” the president of Iguana Producciones and brother-in-law of the author, Luís Llosa, who installed the holographic technology in the museum, told EFE.

COMMENT: In the course of an absorbing tour, the visitor reviews the life of Vargas Llosa from his childhood in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to his desk in the bohemian Barranco district of Lima, his garret in Paris and his stays in Barcelona and London--but it all begins in the room where he was born and over whose bed is seen the hologram of his mother giving birth.

At present, the museum home receives mostly local visitors, but will soon offer guided tours in English and French.

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