Oxytocina Machina

A shared XR space of connection

It is a common misconception that virtual reality isolates us from one another and the world, so Studio VRij and Zalán Szakács joined forces to prove otherwise.

Oxitocina Machina is an extraordinary shared experience that blurs the lines between reality and VR, exploring a virtual connection between strangers, who are in reality separated by a thousand miles. During the experience people who have never met develop a deep connection and release the love hormone oxytocin by playing, moving and sharing.

The installation took place during the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, MEET milano, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, V2 Rotterdam, The Library of Amsterdam and more. All of this to allow people from different countries to encounter each other in the virtual world!



Concept & VR  - Studio VRij

Concept & Spatial design - Zalán Szakács

Sound design - Mathieu Preux

Live VR performer - Lucia Redondo

Animation and Illustration teaser - Jurriaan and Merijn Hos


Oxitocina Machina was mentioned in news papers like La Vanguardia, El Pais, El Periodico and El Puntavui, spreekbuis, Fonk.

Have a look at the website of Ars Electronica and V2 for  other descriptions of the project.


We are very grateful for the support of Therapieland , the Vensche BV and the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy.
Curators -  Alejandro Martín, Maria Grazia Mattei, Boris Debackere.

The project was developed during an IMMENSIVA residency 2021 in Espronceda.

Ars Electronica Venues

Milan - MEET – Digital Culture Center
Barcelona – Espronceda
Rotterdam – V2_ Lab for Unstable Media
Linz – Ars Electronica

VR days - Public library of Amsterdam (OBA)

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