From LIGHTSHED.IO and DARKFIELD, Paradise takes participants through a world of simulated scenarios that explore why relationships last or fall apart

Debuting at SXSW’s XR Experience starting Sunday, March 13, Paradise is a unique two-person 30-minute interactive experience using emergent technology to convey a poignant message. Paradise immerses participants into a powerful simulation that takes a closer look at intimate relationships and why they stay together or collapse.

This new project explores how today’s AI can tell couples something meaningful about themselves and potentially enlighten people to reflect on themselves and their relationships. The use of state-of-the-art 360-degree audio and tactile interactivity helps blur the line between what’s real and imagined.

Paradise is a collaboration between LIGHTSHED.IO, DARKFIELD and Johns Hopkins University, created to draw attention to the growing issue of partner violence. Everything in the experience is based on years of research, real stories and case studies on the violence spectrum couples face.

Though designed as an intimate two-person experience for couples in their own home, LIGHTSHED.IO and DARKFIELD created a uniquely immersive in-person version of Paradise that attendees of SXSW can see for themselves by visiting the XR Experience in Fairmont, Congressional A from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT from March 13-March 15. Anyone with an official SXSW media badge can stop by the XR exhibit during early-access media hours – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT – on Saturday, March 12.

Paradise is also available for couples to try at home via the newly upgraded DARKFIELD Radio app on iOS and Android starting Monday, March 14. Those with the old, now obsolete, DARKFIELD Radio app will need to download the new version from their respective app store, and buy tickets for specific showtimes in-app.

DARKFIELD produces innovative immersive experiences at the forefront of technology and theater, using binaural 360-degree audio to send audiences into new worlds of enveloping sound. LIGHTSHED.IO focuses on telling globally important stories that delve into the hope and turmoil mankind faces every day using emerging technologies such as VR.