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Leviathan experiments, inspires and engages

Last month, the principals of creative studio Leviathan decided to unveil their experimental proof-of-concept project entitled “Ghost Box,” which they designed to demonstrate how almost any product of any size can be brought to life by projection with you as the director. Distributed to leading creative industry media outlets worldwide as a video with a short description, the hope was to ignite enthusiasm and excitement around the project and Leviathan’s vision, artistry and craftsmanship. As shown in the demo video, Leviathan’s first application for Ghost Box was an interactive art installation involving music from Waveplant, but they also revised it into a custom car configurator. The video concludes, “Such technologies could be used for anything from a storefront window to a large-scale event,” and asks: “Now that we know it’s possible, what do you want to build?” Here are some responses. Read more

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ISAM Lives On for Leviathan

As you can see above, Chicago-based design-focused production studio Leviathan is very proud to have been put in the spotlight recently by 3D design, engineering and entertainment software leader Autodesk, Inc. This is the latest of many honors rolling in for studio partners Chad Hutson, Jason White and Matt Daly: Over the past months, the company has earned international awards recognition from the Association of Independent Music, Communication Arts Magazine, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, The One Club, and the Themed Entertainment Association – and both Daly and White were recently invited on-stage to join Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live project manager Jeff Waye and Jimmy Lakotos of Geodezik at the 2012 NXNE Interactive Conference in Toronto to discuss mind-melting visuals and the future of stage design.

Next up, Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live 2.0 will soon launch for an Autumn run of dates across America, introducing the new ISAM construction enhanced with new audio and visual elements. The updated show will present new material from the forthcoming Two Fingers, as well as new visual content now being developed by Leviathan and Vello Virkhaus of V Squared Labs (VSL) specifically for ISAM’s “Journeyman” and “Wooden Toy” tracks. All past ISAM Live shows have sold out, so anyone interested in attending the new shows should visit www.amontobin.com to get tickets as soon as possible.

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Killer reels: The Media Merchants


The Media Merchants
is the production agency for sensational technology-based consumer activations. As projection-advertising originators known for creativity, innovation and quality, TMM creates stunning original out-of-home media campaigns, digital sign solutions, and original high-concept executions for leading brands and agencies. Every TMM project is turnkey, and each is designed, produced and promoted to maximize exposure, strategically maximizing target audience awareness for every client initiative. Catalyzing ideas into bright and profoundly effective solutions, TMM integrates technology to maximize audience engagement and interactivity.

For more information, please visit www.mediamerchants.com.

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Experience ISAM Live 2012

The phenomenal live show experience Amon Tobin has conjured to accompany his Ninja Tune Records release “ISAM” is coming to all the cities listed below over the weeks ahead, so if you’re interested, be sure to order your tickets soon. For the latest information, please visit www.amontobin.com/tour — and for a taste of what’s in store for audiences, enjoy “Visualizing ISAM” from design-focused production studio Leviathan and V Squared Labs.
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Sharing secrets: Kinect hacking

The fascinating video featured with this story was just released in May, and it’s already aging. It ran with the Wired story “Six Months Later, Kinect Hacks Flourish” to coincide with a presentation by computer scientist Johnny Chung Lee at Wired’s Disruptive by Design business conference, and since then, the phenomenon has literally taken the tech and creative worlds by storm. The author of that article is Dave Mosher, who also interviewed Mr. Lee at Disruptive by Design — and has a new feature in this month’s Wired entitled “Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics.” This subject is quickly making headway in many industries. For example, at the recent Creativity and Technology (CaT) business conference, Sam Travis Ewen pointed to it as one of three areas of technology that are impacting the art of engagement. Don’t miss Alexandra Bruell’s detailed Ad Age story on Mr. Ewen here: “How Kinect Hacking, Augmented Reality Is Changing Marketing.” In case you’re wondering, the two other developments he put the spotlight on were augmented reality and projection mapping.

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