The Nether Realm is a living virtual world inspired by Jennifer Haley’s new play, The Nether. The artwork explores the ways in which virtual environments can be the product of our activities in real life and considers the idea that the moral character of these online public spaces is ultimately dependent on how we create and interact with them.
The realm is linked in real time to the Twitter hashtag #TheNether. Every time the hashtag is used on Twitter, new life is breathed into the world. When the hashtag is not in use the world slowly starts to decay.
Tweeting the keyword ‘sunlight’ (or other similar words) along with #TheNether generates an instant effect and instils additional life into the realm.
It’s up to you how beautiful or how dark the world becomes.
Visitors to the Royal Court Theatre were able to view the artwork through a series of digital portals installed throughout the building and could to enter the world as an avatar using an interactive kiosk located in the Balcony Bar
The Nether Realm can still be entered online. The world is located in the public virtual space OSgrid. Using a virtual worlds browser such as Firestorm, you can access and explore the world as an avatar. Simple instructions for how to do this can be found here. Instructions for how to personalise your avatar can be found here.