But(t), “BUTTS: The VR Experience” is more than just a showcase for ass clownery. It’s a masterpiece of the technology—and I say that without a hint of irony. Though it was robbed of the 2014 Proto Award it got nominated for (I guess butt-glitter really does merit a spot in the Most Innovative category,) “BUTTS: The VR Experience” served the technology in other ways.
As Vimeo staff member Jason Sondhi comments, “we’ll look back at this as the tipping point.” I for one had many revelations about the medium after watching both the short film and the VR experience side by side. Providing more than just the ability to view this adorable cartoon in 3D, the port to virtual reality transforms the viewer him/herself as a character in the space. In the 2D version, we watch an intimate butt-glittery exchange between two friends. In the virtual reality experience, that exchange is transformed into a performance for the viewer, as the two friends swirl and twirl in the sky using nothing but their own ass-fuel. While the 2D film lends itself to more heavy auteurism, VR requires the filmmaker to bring his audience into the folds of the story (the two glittery, butt-cheeky folds).
Though Hurd also admits in his interview that he was at first apprehensive about implementing the Rift, the experience has now made him understand the virtual reality hype. “I was inside a cartoon that I made!” he exclaims. “The reaction to ‘BUTTS: The VR Experience’ has been overwhelmingly positive. Granted, I’ve been showing it to people that have never experienced a Rift so I feel I’m taking some excitement credit from Oculus but it’s great to see people laughing, smiling, and just generally freaking out over it.”
But while humility might not allow him to see it, Hurd’s masterpiece will probably go down in history as the greatest way to pop the general population’s VR cherry. I mean, come on. There’s butt-glitter.
If nothing else, I guarantee “BUTTS: The VR Experience” will be the most lucrative self-induced prostate exam you watch all day.