Situation Lab


Situation Lab designs immersive and generative situations for the public good, for clients, and for kicks. Started in 2013 by professors Stuart Candy (OCAD University / School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Jeff Watson (USC School of Cinematic Arts), the Lab’s work lives where narrative, space, and play come together to shape the real world.

Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is an experiential futurist whose work has appeared worldwide in festivals, museums, and city streets; on the Discovery Channel; and in the pages of The Economist and Wired. Stuart has worked with UNESCO, the Sydney Opera House, Oxford University, IDEO, Institute for the Future, Arup, and the National Film Board of Canada. He is currently Mitchell Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and expert advisor to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Switzerland). He is a Fellow of the Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil), INK (India), and The Long Now Foundation (USA).

Jeff Watson

Jeff Watson (@remotedevice) is an artist, designer, and researcher. His work investigates how game design, pervasive computing, and social media can enable new forms of storytelling, participation, and civic engagement. Jeff has consulted and produced commissioned work for a variety of institutions and companies, including Intel, BMW/Mini, Boeing, Tiltfactor, Take Action Games, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. He has worked as a designer and research associate at the USC Game Innovation Lab, and is the co-founder of Pervasive and Environmental Gaming LA (PEG-LA), a Los Angeles-based design exchange and mobile games play testing group.