Umami is a realtime VR experience and installation immersing the user into the story of a man rediscovering his memories through a series of Japanese dishes, beverages and tastes: the sweet, the sour, the bitter, the salty and the umami: the ‘delicious taste’.

The user embodies a character digesting his own life through a phenomenon known as Madeleine de Proust. Through his interactions with the dishes memories arise unintentionally, breaking the dichotomy between present and past and taking him into an incredible journey.

In a world blending present time, gastronomy, dreams and memories, the restaurant progressively evolves with the story to become an execution room, leaving the user with an aftertaste as durable as the umami present in his meal.


By Thomas Pons & Landia Egal

Graphic author, Art Director, 2D animation Director : Thomas Pons

Producers : Landia Egal, Laura Bardey

Coproducer – VR experience : Novelab

Animator : Amaury Guilley, Antoine David

Programmer : Robin Picou, Laurent Freimann, Paul Figiel

Coproducer – Physical Installation : DV Group

Narrative autor, Project director : Landia Egal

Producer: Tiny Planets

Interaction Designer : Charles Ayats

Creative Technologist : Amaury La Burthe

3D Artist : Arthur Maugendre, Guillaume Leblay

Audio Designer : Florent Dumas, Thomas Couchard