The Leviathan Project


Institute History

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival



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.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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