World Building Live: Future Cities, Surveillance and Spectacle

13.02.2017 - Itamar Kubovy, Alex McDowell, Kamal Sinclair, Trisha Williams, moderated by Juan DiazB

    World building designates an iterative and collaborative narrative practice in which the deep understanding of a world precedes the telling of a story. Interdisciplinary experts and Talents engage the audience in a session to holistically visualize the future reality of cities and the cinematic stories that will emerge within them. The ubiquitous presence of screens, cameras, wearables, tracking, big data and personalized media constantly blur the boundaries between surveillance and spectacle. Culture, politics, architecture, fashion and social interaction are reshaped - and so is film. Through human narratives, we redefine the capability of storytelling to construct our world.


    Itamar Kubovy

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    Itamar Kubovy is the Executive Director of the Pilobolus Dance Theater, where he founded and co-curates the critically acclaimed International Collaborators Project, which opens the choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields. Before joining Pilobolus, he studied philosophy at Yale, ran theatres in Germany and Sweden, directed plays, co-directed the 2002 season finale of THE WEST WING, and made a film, UPHEAVAL, starring Frances McDormand.

    Alex McDowell

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    Alex McDowell RDI is a narrative designer who works at the intersection of design, technology and storytelling. He is creative director at Experimental Design, employing multi-platform, cross-disciplinary world building to design change in real and future worlds. He is a professor of practice at the University of Southern California where he teaches world building as a 21st century design practice, and is director of the USC World Building Institute. With over 35 years of experience as a production designer, he has worked with directors such as David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, and Anthony Minghella.

    Kamal Sinclair

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    Kamal Sinclair is a producer, community arts leader and multi-disciplinary artist. She currently serves as the Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; and as artist and producer on the QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES transmedia art project. She holds degrees from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Georgia State University.

    Trisha Williams

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    Trisha Williams is the founder and Chief Creative Officer at Pigeon Hole Productions in San Diego, where she leads world building and visualisation efforts. With an MA in Interactive Technology, she has led creative and art direction in the video game and interactive entertainment industries for over a decade. Currently, she is leading projects in partnership with scientific institutes that blend digital art and gaming with neuroscience research. She also teaches world building at the University of Southern California.

    Moderated by

    Juan DiazB

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    Juan DiazB is the European Director of the World Building Institute, a cutting-edge research unit at the University of Southern California focusing on the future of narrative media through world building. He is also the creative director of Kosmology, which develops film and transmedia projects in Europe and America, including TORPOR, a reflection on the water crisis, the multi-platform narrative ORIGEN and the transmedia format BUENAVENTURA MON AMOUR. He has been awarded as designer, director and writer.