Featuring VR Artist — Mariam ZakarianIn Febbraio 12, 2020 da admin
Pioneering solo artist creating original, room-scale #vr #art installationsMariam ZakarianMariam Zakarian descended the rocky mountains of Armenia and made a home of the melancholic cityscape of Copenhagen, Denmark. Self-taught in her crafts, she creates fine #art in traditional and digital media, and occasionally lends her eyes and hands to projects ranging from unique tattoo designs to artistic ##VirtualReality experiences.Mariam’s roots are in representational, figurative work. Her paintings and drawings gravitate heavily towards the strange and the surreal as she uses her crafts to explore subject matter relating to the darker shades of existence and the imagination.Besides creating fine art, she has worked over the past decade as a photographer, graphic designer and #art director on different cutting- and bleeding edge platforms (AR, VR). She occasionally shares her knowledge, techniques and discoveries at international festivals and conferences, via talks and workshops.Mariam is the solo developer of the first Danish room-scale #vr #art installation: Amaryllis VR.“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream” — Edgar Allan PoeIt has been argued that death, life, and what lies beyond, are all products of human imagination. That existence is nothing but a dream, a simulation of the mind and a permanent hallucination.It is then perhaps not so bizarre that one’s senses can be deceived so completely by the latest developments in technology that the physical body reacts involuntarily and with great conviction.Amaryllis is a ##VirtualReality #art installation about the subject of mortality.It is composed of mysterious, surreal worlds caught between hazy dream and heavy nightmare. Each of these worlds carries an undertone of tension and darkness beneath the tranquil surface and centers on concepts such as impermanence, the subconscious, death and resurrection. The piece explores the physicality of the immaterial through the #vr technology and carries the visitor to places full of archetypes and symbolic events that may feel highly personal.Amaryllis was inspired by the life-cycle of the many-headed flower of the same name, to whom death and dormancy are as important as growth, beauty and life.The installation is at its core a metaphorical communion with nature through digital technology.The virtual installation plays on the #HTC Vive, but the concept is also expanded with various traditional paintings and drawings on paper and canvas, as well as music specifically composed for each virtual world.The Ocean“Clothe yourself in waves.”The first chapter of Amaryllis is “Ocean” — a piece about cleansing and an entry point to the digital world. It swells and swallows the visitor continually, bringing both digital death and absolution. “Ocean” was inspired by the river Lethe from Dante’s Divine Comedy, which welcomes those who may venture out of the 9th circle of Hell. Bathing in the river would take away one’s memory, and wash away one’s sins. “Ocean” welcomes the visitor to a space of contemplation and catharsis.Mariam believes that imperfections are an important element of beauty and she tries to preserve imperfections by sketching each of the scenes on canvas and paper first. The textures and details are first laid out on paper and are digitised later.She has worked hard to make her #vr installation in a manner that it can be easily be enjoyed by the viewers through systematic testings. She feels that every person’s first experience with #vr should be memorable and not something that makes them feel nauseous.The virtual installation is on the #HTC Vive, but the concept is expanded with various traditional paintings and drawings on paper and canvas, as well as music specifically composed for each virtual world.She believes in #vr story-telling is powerful because it can be a very personal experience that evokes feelings through various narratives. The viewers can explore stories and find their own answers, at their own pace.Her installation has been put up at multiple exhibitions — SpilBar at Danish Film School, Copenhagen, DK. Feb 2017, Aalborg University Copenhagen, DK. Nov 2016, CopenX, Copenhagen, DK. Sept 2016, Creative Coast Festival, Karlshamn, SE. May 2016, Politiken at AAU, Copenhagen, DK. Sept 2016, The Danish Film Institute at AAU, Copenhagen, DK. Oct 2016 and many more.Mariam’s works in #vr are inspiring in their true sense and have been appreciated by many for their authenticity and powerful play of visual story-telling.Find Mariam and various artists in ##VirtualReality and other domains of #art on Dextra — A collaborative platform for creative professionals. Get the app on iOS or Android here.Featuring #vr Artist — Mariam Zakarian was originally published in Dextra on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story….
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