Una comes home from work, she’s exhausted and without strength. She parks her small car, inside which she’s too big, in the garage. The room is small and it gives claustrophobic feelings. Una’s world is in black, grey and white watercolor and her body is too, but it has a distinction: the filling of her body reaches her waist. Una enters the house and she’s in a smaller room, she’s oversized; the kitchen too is in grayscale watercolor. Her boiling filling describes her state of mind. Una refuses phone messages and calls, including her daughter’s calls, and everything becomes black, only Una and her reflection remain intact in the darkness. Una floats in the dark as if she is underwater, but she’s not alone, she’s with her disfigured reflection. What can she do to stop her visione and feel better? Go out into the garden. Una hears her dog barking from the outside, so she goes out and the contours of the garden take shape. The watercolor is no longer black and white, it slowly fades to color, and the sunset light caresses everything.
"Mono" is an animated VR interactive experience that was born wondering if contact with nature can help relieve stress, depressive symptoms and give a moment of peace in difficult times of our lives. Virtual Reality is a medium that creates direct connections and interactions between the viewer-user and the story in which they are immersed and is a medium to convey empathy. In "Mono", the viewer is 'active consciousness' that interacts with Una helping her to achieve her goal, to go out in the garden in the middle of nature; through the controllers, she/he sees herself/himself as a cloud of colored watercolor that is fundamental to give energy to the protagonist. The natural element is also significant in the choice of visual representation of the story; watercolor, and consequently water, represents life, its continuous flow, and regeneration. It is also the color and light. "Mono" aims to make people consider contact with nature as peace, to talk about the fundamental importance it has for any human being regardless of gender, social background, or ethnicity, and to reconsider the alienation that human beings inflict on themselves in order to survive - the triad of being born, working and dying.