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Werner Herzog Says Virtual Reality Won’t Be an Extension of Cinema or Games

Singular filmmaker Werner Herzog has never been one to shy away from offering his unique viewpoint on a myriad of topics. So when The New Yorker asked him how he felt about virtual reality, Herzog had plenty to say on the subject.

“I am convinced that this is not going to be an extension of cinema or 3-D cinema or video games. It is something new, different, and not experienced yet,” he said. “The strange thing here is that normally, in the history of culture, we have new stories and narrations and then we start to develop a tool. Or we have visions of wondrous new architecture—like, let’s say, the museum in Bilbao, or the opera house in Sydney—and technology makes it possible to fulfill these dreams. So you have the content first, and then the technology follows suit. In this case, we do have a technology, but we don’t have any clear idea how to fill it with content.”

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