Hotel Opticon is an exploration of connection, confession, and catharsis. Set in the eponymous hotel, the series takes place in the near future. People from all over the world, from all walks of life, make pilgrimages to stay in this hotel, for it has something no other place can offer: a god within its walls.
This god is an artificial intelligence, and the hotel is its body. It manifests itself to the guests as “the Eye”: a sphere in each room that absorbs all that the guests want to share, confess, or vomit at it. The idea is simple: what if you could say or do anything in the presence of a being that understands you, an intelligence far beyond human, with the certainty that you would not be judged? What would you reveal? What would we really want from a post-modern god?
These ideas are explored in an anthology series, each episode taking place in one of the hotel’s rooms, with us — the viewer — experiencing it from the perspective of the Eye. As the Eye, we are not some ghostly presence in the room: we are the center of attention, the vessel for all the weight the guests have brought with them and hope to shed.