On the night their event was meant to take place, Transit live-streamed a DJ set from its sound director and music producer Patrick “Pato” Casabuena’s home, under the pseudonym Local Sun. They were raising funds to support front liners in a local hospital and the Philippines’ Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
“Quarantine culture breeds a certain self-sufficiency. It pushes all of us to do what it takes to keep going.”
The development of VR has been sluggish and perhaps it will never replace face-to-face contact. However, its potential during quarantine now appears unignorable as scientists warn life with coronavirus will be our norm for at least a year.
“Some people might see it as just another game,” Mantis explained, “but your mind builds these neuro-links and you’re building actual memories of being there rather than just looking at a screen.”