top of page

Riding Waves, Chasing Dream

Riding Waves, Chasing Dream draws inspiration from Jiayu Liu’s collection of Mickey Mouse LEGO sets, specifically one that captures scenes from Disney's pioneering film, Steamboat Willie, the world's first synchronized sound cartoon. This project unfolds as Mickey navigates the iconic Steamboat Willie towards the boundless realm of dreamscapes.


Realized as an immersive projection installation, Riding Waves, Chasing Dream employs HOUDINI to craft particle effects, portraying scenes of the Pacific. Dynamic graphics intertwine with air traffic data, wind speed, and wind direction calculations, meticulously simulating the marine environment in the central Pacific.


Upon entering the exhibition space, visitors can utilize strategically placed astronomical telescopes to scour the Pacific for the animated character, Mickey Mouse, who is boldly riding the wind and waves toward them. The incorporation of the telescope serves as a metaphor, encouraging viewers to contemplate the pursuit of a beautiful perspective and the exploration of uncharted pathways. This project’s integration of art and technology invites audiences to embark on a visual journey, engaging with the whimsical narrative and fostering a deeper appreciation for the convergence of animation, innovation, and the pursuit of dreams.

Artwork by Jiayu Liu

Artist Assistant
Xiangyu Wang

Project Manager
Kristy Ting

Technical Director
Xin Fang

Design Lead & Compositor

Aijia Wang


Lead Houdini Artist
Zihao Liu

Character Rigging

Zhaoxue Xiang

Particle Rendering

Yan Xue

Topology Optimisation

Li Xiao

3D Modeling
Sean Lu

Mechanical Engineering

Yingfei Zhao

Projection Design

Jiaban Xie

Film Producer
Yiping Huang

Film Director
Tao Zhang

Film Editor
Wanlong Ma

Artwork Verse

Yiping Huang

Voice Actor

Ruichen Dang



The True Original & Ever Curious Exhibition



Co-presented by

UCCA Lab  ||  Disney

bottom of page