Bill Viola launches experimental art game to explore a spiritual journey

By Jessica Klingelfuss

2018 Alpha Omega Prize Finalist:
Video still from The Night Journey. Courtesy of Bill Viola Studio and USC Game Innovation Lab
It is one the first ever experimental art games ever made and for the past decade, Bill Viola’s The Night Journey has been exhibited in venues around the world as a work in progress. Now, Bill Viola Studio and USC Game Innovation Lab have launched the award-winning game worldwide on Mac and Windows PC (and on PlayStation in the US), marking the first time home players have been able to experience it. Using both game and video technologies, The Night Journey tells the universal story of an individual’s journey towards enlightenment. It is cryptic from the start: there is no single goal to achieve, nor a narrative – linear or otherwise – to follow. [More]

The Night Journey, $19.99, available on Windows PC and Mac, and on PlayStation 4 for players in the US. A USB box set is also available from Blain|Southern. For more information, visit The Night Journey website and USC Game Innovation Lab website.
Drawing from The Night Journey Notes, 2001-2009