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Was du willst (de: “What you want”) takes visitors through a highly orchestrated system of experiences. It all starts by registering with your personal data so that the system can start to call you and guide you through the process and ends with a print receipt of your alleged personally, as deducted from the data the system gathered about you.

The central question of “What do you really want?”, as posed by the system itself ahead of an initial stimuli reduction is interpreted at multiple levels:
First, if immersion is a desirable state, is it to be achieved by flooding every single sense we have as to leave no room for distraction (as VR supposedly does) or through the mental capacity of entering a state of “flow” or even meditation by reducing external stimuli.
Second, the notion of (digital) recommendation systems which claim to “know” what we want through technological means of data-observation combined with statistical tools, resulting in a questionable “understanding”.
Third, the existence and creation of (adaptive) digital environments which cater our psychology ever better and have reached a point — such as in games automatically adapting difficulty — where for many individuals they represent a more wantable life than our society can offer.

Languages (audio): English, German (individual choice)
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<emphasis><lang xml:lang="de-DE">Was du willst</lang></emphasis> asks the number <emphasis><say-as interpret-as="digits">%s</say-as></emphasis> to approach part 1, station <say-as interpret-as="character">%s</say-as>.<break /> 
Number <emphasis><say-as interpret-as="digits">%s</say-as></emphasis> please.

This is the last call by <emphasis><lang xml:lang="de-DE">Was du willst</lang></emphasis> for number <emphasis><say-as interpret-as="digits">%s</say-as></emphasis> <break /> Please immediately proceed to part 1, station <say-as interpret-as="character">%s</say-as>.<break /> Last call for <emphasis><say-as interpret-as="digits">%s</say-as></emphasis>
Please take the virtual reality headset and the headphones from the position marked with the letter <break time="0.1s" /> <say-as interpret-as="character">%s</say-as>.<break/>
It's easier if you put on the headset first and then the headphones. Please make yourself comfortable on one of the bean-bags.

Welcome to part 1 of <emphasis><lang xml:lang="de-DE">Was du willst</lang></emphasis><break time="1s" /> I am happy to have you here.<break /> Please lay down on one of the bean-bags and make yourself comfortable. In the next 5 to 10 minutes I want to expose you to a stimuli reduction. I would kindly ask you not to take off the headset or the headphones until I ask you to do so.<break time="2s" /> I am sure many things have already happened to you on this day. Therefore I would like to invite you to calm down for a moment and ask yourself: <emphasis>What do you really want?</emphasis>
Hello %s,<break /> Part 2 is waiting for you. There will be everything you want.<break /> Please take off the headphones and the headset now and put them back to the position marked with the letter <break time="0.1s" /> <say-as interpret-as="character">%s</say-as>.<break/> Don't forget to scan your barcode at the next computer before putting on the other headset.
We're about to start. Take your time to adjust the headset so that it sits comfortably and make sure the earpieces sit tight.

Hello {username}
Welcome to your 3 <phoneme alphabet="ipa" ph="diːː">D</phoneme> world.
Here everything just evolves around you, {username}.
I see you like {0}? No problem. I'm glad actually. I have a lot of that for you.
Glad you like it here. You can stay as long as you wish.
I'm also a big fan of {0}. We're a good match, {username}!
You don't like {0}? I'm sorry for that. But I'll find something else for you, don't worry. Out there I have hundreds of objects just waiting to amaze you.
Look, here comes {0}. It's also {1} - you do like that {username}, don't you?
This is something that would suit you: {0}
You can't get enough {username}. But don't worry, it will go on forever.
A world full of {0} just for {username}. That would be quite something, no?
Do you also ask yourself, why there are so many weapons here? Weird, isn't it? Somehow humans seem to like that.
{username}!<amazon:breath duration="long" volume="x-loud"/>Please return to the center!
You don't need to move, everything you want will come to you.