Transnational, cross-cultural, collaborative, future-forward company based in Melbourne, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Online.
Metaverse Makeovers (MM) is an interdisciplinary team of artists, developers, technologists, and marketers.
We design, develop, and commercialise mixed reality products and immersive mobile experiences for emerging markets and the Internet Generation.
METAVERSE MAKEOVERS expands the sensorial, seductive, and cultural scope of augmented, virtual, networked, and real spaces.
O.T.T by Lia .T presents PATTERNATION, a pop up exhibition as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program 2014.
PATTERNATION, brings together two generations of iconic Australian artists and designers who are renowned for their innovative and fearless use of pattern.
This pop-up will feature fashion, accessories, art, installation and nail art designs.
Featured designers include: Ken Done, Linda Jackson, Jenny Bannister, O.T.T. by Lia .T, DI$COUNT UNIVERSE, Reg Mombassa, Desert Designs, Sara Thorn, Kate Durham, Kara Baker, Tettmann.Doust, Alexi Freeman, Shag, above., Alexandra Blak, Limedrop, Fionnbharr Pfeiffer, BRUSTMAN+BOYD, Edgeley, Why Die?, Kmossed
Featured artists include: Constanze Zikos, Kate Rohde, Holly-Anne Buck/Collagism, Garrett Huxley, Kate Geck, Lucas Grogan, Gavin Brown, Hotham Street Ladies.
Nail art by I Scream Nails and Metaverse Makeovers.
Friday 28th March until Tue April 1st
Open Daily 12 noon until 5 pm
Level 2, The Carlton
193 Bourke Street
The Tiny Machine Collective offer a unique perspective into the ways in which fashion is influenced by technology, gaming, and interactivity through Playwear, the app they have developed for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program 2014. Its exclusive online-only content will feature interviews with designers, artists and experts, and will run alongside a competition for festival goers to try their hand at designing their own ‘glitched’ fabric. The Playwear launch event will see experts in the field come together to discuss the intersection between fashion and technology. Special guests include: fashion designer Nixi Killick, and Thea Baumann and Kati Elizabeth of Metaverse Makeovers.
13 MARCH 2014
Please RSVP online at wheelercentre.com
Max was born in 1991 in Latvia, but grew up in Kazakhstan. He moved to Shanghai to study in 2009. He is currently studying in Donghua University for his Bachelor’s degree in Chinese.
Max is a creative, energetic and easygoing person who is always ready to explore new things and challenges. He has a great interest in marketing, fashion and any manifestations of art. His passions are painting, photography, video and sound production.
He is looking to expand his marketing skills during his Digital Internship with MM.
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Full of swirling pads, a sultry lead line and fat filtered bass. Having grown up on a steady diet of 80s disco, Madonna and Kraftwerk, MM collaborator Ignatius Gilfedder creates a new mix inspired by MM Live at ISEA 2013.
The future is now: virtual reality cosmetics explode in a gigabyte beauty bomb.
Read our latest interview with Dazed Digital about how Founder/CEO Thea Baumann invented Metaverse Nails appcessories by combining app development, Augmented Reality, gaming, and social networks.
Metaverse Makeovers is pleased to unveil our new Melbourne office space at he&eve and the big apple creative industries hub.
Set amongst gorgeous Northcote bushland on the banks of the Merri Creek, the studio is close to several local cafes and is a stone’s throw away from CERES, a much-loved community farm. The MM team is very excited to be working alongside Co-Founders Erin and Henrik Enders, as well as a broad community of creative talents. The new studio space will be a great complement to our existing office at Weiden + Kennedy in Shanghai and we hope this connection will be a conduit to more exciting collaborations in the future between Australia and China.
Meanwhile, MM will be fast-tracking the soft launch of our first generation Metaverse Nails to the market through nail bar partners and online stores. We will be doing a series of shoots in the lofty warehouse space and are looking forward to exploring the creative potentials of the cyclorama (yes you heard that right!) when construction is complete!
he&eve and the big apple
MM’s CEO Thea Baumann will be presenting as part of Wieden+Kennedy’s new residents introductory event.
New faces, Interesting projects.
When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:00 PM-4:00 PM. (UTC+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
Where: The Green, 3F Wieden+Kennedy HQ
MM is strengthening our transnational mobile office – and welcomes our new intern – Timothée Engel – currently manning the fort at our W+K+ base in Shanghai.
Born and raised in Germany, schooled in France and educated in Europe and South-America, Timothée has always been immersed in an intercultural and multilingual environment. He is currently finishing his tri-national study program in International Business Management, and has decided to combine his graduating internship and thesis with his passion for Asia by coming to Shanghai in 2013.
In addition to his role as a communication coordinator, Timothée will be immersed in MM’s mobile and flexible team environment where he will be writing his Bachelor thesis on “Multi-cultural virtual teams and the impact of a surrogate language on team dynamics”. So, he’ll be surrounded by multicultural virtual team #digitalgen #language in action !
Chart-topping app designer, Cade Diehm, has been a familiar face at MM LIVE events. With a keen eye for User Interface Design (UID) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Cade has long been interested in the creative potentials of Augmented Reality and wearable technology.
As a designer, Cade has created and prototyped digital products for government bodies, blue chip companies, startups and other global clients. He is a recipient of an Apple Scholarship for work created as part of his in-progress Masters thesis in Interface Design and Generative Music Theory. Cade also composes electronic music, audio-visual art, and is completing an innovative iOS music app.
MM is thrilled to announce our new addition to the team, and Cade’s unique direction in polishing up our appcessory products in anticipation to the launch of Metaverse Nails to market.
Metaverse Makeovers Welcomes
Our First Intern At The Shanghai Headquarters:
Family originally from Taiwan but born and raised in South Africa, Johannesburg. Moved to Shanghai, China and received her Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Emily is someone who indulges herself into the diversity of cultures and has a passion for socializing, public relations, recognizing individual personalities with vision and most of all for the fun that life has to offer. Emily believes that MM has the potential to revolutionise fashion and beauty accessories with Augmented Reality as a whole in the near future.
She is also the host and coordinator of a weekly broadcasting video at a Shanghai event and entertainment company; City Moments, The Red Chair.
Here she is on a Red Chair episode: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTc1OTgyNDY4.html
TECH + EXPERIMENTS: Investigations with AR technology and HMDs.
MOODBOARD: Material to shape the look and feel of the date experiences.
IDORU SOUND: Pop. Singers. Soundscores. Chip music.
DATE SITES: Cybercafes. Cocktail bars. KTV Clubs.
Follow. Us. For IDORU ♡♡♡.
THEA MAI BAUMANN
DIRECTOR MARKETING (CHINA):
LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER:
FACE OF THE METAVERSE + COMMUNITY:
Metaverse Makeovers (LIVE) – is now MULTIPLAYER - experienced as augmented manicures simultaneously taking place in nail bars in Darwin and Sydney.
Broadcast as live streams to urban public screens in both cities. and HERE onto our website. ALL via our Metaverse Nails appcessories.
Through a period of community engagement in Sydney and Darwin, the MM team will restyle nail salon technicians as our Hologram Hostesses – training them up on how to apply our Metaverse Nails appcessories: fashion nails that interact with a 3D game app. Playing out as intimate, tactile, face-to-face encounters between audiences/participants and nail technicians/the Metaverse Social Network.
Metaverse Makeovers (LIVE) is part of The Portals, a program of five telematic artworks linking the two cities of Darwin and Sydney for ISEA 2013. The project connects these two communities in realtime through networked and interactive artworks which require the physics of high speed broadband.
12-6 pm Sydney
11:30 -5:30 Darwin
For LIVE streams to The Portals screens in Darwin and Sydney.
From within our Metaverse Nails appcessories.
Direct to MM’s USTREAM Channel.
Watch as interactive 3D bling ⓟⓞⓟⓢ in real-time off your nails!
Exchange holograms off your fingertips!
And share this virtual moment LIVE to The Portals screens.
Book Manicures HERE
NEXT LEVEL NAILS
Nail accessories that work with a companion app.
Interactive 3D animated bling *POPs* in real-time from HOT stick-on nails!
Share your augmented self through social media streams.
GET METAVERSE NAILS: STICK-ON SETS + APP
DOWNLOAD FROM APPSTORE
PRINT a physical set from within the app. Or…
SUPPORT METAVERSE to design new styles and ….
PURCHASE a pack of stick-on nails direct from us.
APPLY. WEAR. And CUSTOMISE.
INTERACT with 3D HOLOGRAMS that *POP* from your own nails.
SHARE photos of your augmented Metaverse Nails with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
R+D investigations, experiments, prototypes, and workshops in connected experiences, wearable technologies, and Augmented Reality.
A workshop on how to design and create a Hologram Cocktail at XinCheJian hackspace.
No programming experience needed, just a smartphone and a laptop with blender, as the focus was on AR techniques over software implementations.
While in Shanghai for the tour of Metaverse Makeovers to JUE Festival in 2012, we ran into multi-instrumentalist musician Courtney Wing, and decided to turn him into a virtual idol for his performance at the flagship Shanghai Apple Store that evening.
6 short hours later and laser-surfing iPad-app – Wing was ready to join his doppelganger at the gig.
Watch this space for ongoing explorations into virtual idol makeovers. …
THEA MAI BAUMANN
LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER:
FACE OF THE METAVERSE + COMMUNITY:
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