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The Leviathan Project



New Frontier Exhibition
573 Main St., 2nd and 3rd floors

Friday, January 22–Friday, January 29, 1:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

The year is 1895, and you're in a scientific lab underneath a massive flying whale. This augmented-reality-to-VR setting, developed by the 5D World Building Media Lab, is based on Scott Westerfield's best-selling trilogy, Leviathan. Participants are invited to embody flying jellyfish (called Huxleys), move freely inside the trilogy's narrative world to engage physically and emotionally with its human and animal characters, and witness a massive whale fly off the screen and into the air, above audiences at New Frontier.

YEAR 2016

SECTION New Frontier Art


RUN TIME 10 min

COMPANY 5D Global Studio

EMAIL lisa@5dglobal.com

PHONE 6613131719


Art Director
Creature Design
Creative Director
Story Producer
Lead Programmer
Visual Effect
Sound Design
In Collaboration With

Artist Bios

Alex McDowell

Alex McDowell is the creative director of 5D Global Studio, a multi-platform, cross-discipline narrative design studio. He is a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and director of the World Building Media Lab and Institute, which received the Interaction Awards' 2014 Future Voice Award. As an acclaimed production designer, he collaborated with directors including Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, and David Fincher.

Bradley Newman

Bradley Newman is an artist/engineer who creates immersive experiences exploring interactive, narrative, and virtual embodiments, as well as the dynamic between the physical and virtual multi-user cooperative games. His virtual reality and computer graphics experience covers many fields and tools. Newman received a BA in art and design from Iowa State University and an MFA in interactive media from the University of Southern California.