Graphic of a two-headed lizard from eXistenZ

Collaborators: eXistenZ: Bioports and Pods

In eXistenZ, a game is played by connecting an organically grown “gamepod” to the spine via a fleshy umbicord, which allows players to lose themselves in the virtual reality. Unlike real-world consoles and controllers, eXistenZ gamepods are the products of biotechnology, a fusion of organic material and machine. Hear from Stephan Dupuis as he discusses the creative process behind these pods.

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A mechanized gamepod used as a prop in eXistenZ.
MetaFlesh Game-Pod (prop).
Stephan Dupuis, Special Makeup Designer and Creature Designer
Jim Isaac, Visual and Special Effects Supervisor

eXistenZ, 1999
Composite silicone, mixed media, hidden metal components
20 x 16 x 8cm
David Cronenberg Collection, TIFF Film Reference Library