19.02.2018 - Lewis Akenji, Megan Elliott, Grace Lee, Alex McDowell, moderated by Juan DiazB
World Building is an iterative and collaborative narrative practice, first developed by production designer Alex McDowell for Minority Report and Fight Club, in which the deep understanding of a world precedes the telling of a story. A group of interdisciplinary experts, Talents and the audience engage in a handson, live World Building session to holistically visualise and comprehend the stories that will literally emerge on street corners in future cities. Considering the political climate, migratory dynamics, environmental conditions and lifestyle, the group investigates this particular space of conjunction, intersection and change of direction in order to develop alternate future narratives for films and beyond.
Juan DiazB is European Director of the World Building Institute, a research unit at the University of Southern California focusing on the future of narrative media. He is also the creative director of Kosmology, which develops film and transmedia projects in Europe and America, including TORPOR, a reflection on environmental degradation, the multi-platform narrative ORIGEN and the transmedia project WE ARE THE HEAT. He has won multiple awards as a designer, director and writer.