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VIDEO GAMES

EVENING SHIFT

Still from Bill Viola’s video game The Night Journey, 2007–18.

YOU CAN NOW PLAY Bill Viola’s languorous first-person video game, The Night Journey, in your living room, from your own sofa, with your own PlayStation controller. Set in a dreamlike, largely black-and-white outdoor world, The Night Journey sends its protagonist on an adventure with no clear objective. Players might find themselves moving through Seussian vegetation or drifting, injury-free, down a cliff; wading into an ocean’s depths or venturing into isolated buildings that mysteriously turn into ruins once they’ve been explored.

The Night Journey began in 2007 as a collaboration between Viola and a USC Game Innovation Lab team led by experimental game designer Tracy Fullerton, and it has been exhibited as a work in progress for over a decade. This June, it saw wide release on multiple platforms—meaning that the gallery no longer circumscribes The Night Journey’s modes of

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