Virtual RealityInteractive Installation

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 life through a phenomenon known as ‘Madeleine de Proust’. Through his interactions with the dishes, memories arise unintentionally taking him into an incredible journey, breaking the dichotomy between present and past, reality and fantasy.

In a world blending present time, gastronomy, dreams and memories, the VR restaurant and the installation progressively evolve to become a different place, ending the user’s experience and leaving him with an aftertaste as durable as the umami present in his meal.

Produced by Tiny Planets in co-production with Novelab and DVGroup

In Competition at 75th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica (World Premiere)


By Thomas Pons & Landia Egal

Narrative autor, Project director : Landia Egal

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

Producer: Tiny Planets

Producers : Landia Egal, Laura Bardey

Interaction Designer : Charles Ayats

Coproducer – VR experience : Novelab

Creative Technologist : Amaury La Burthe

Lead 3D Animator : Amaury Guilley

Assistant 3D Animator : Antoine David

3D Artist : Arthur Maugendre

Assistant 3D Artist : Guillaume Leblay

Senior Programmer : Robin Picou

Senior Programmer : Laurent Freimann

Assistant Programmer : Paul Figiel

Audio Designer : Florent Dumas

Audio Designer : Thomas Couchard

Coproducer – Physical Installation : DV Group