Spurs click rhythmically as they enter the saloon; the murmur of tall tales, and gun fight stories ceases and even the sultry saloon seductress looks up from her place sitting on the pianist’s lap. The cowboys have arrived.
Copenhagen Grotesque Burlesque created this wild participatory event with a Wild West theme. A lovely night with great performers and a stunning audience in fantastic outfits.
Free World is a cross-media student project I worked on in the first half of 2014 as Concept Artist and 2D Artist as part of my education at the European Cross Media Academy, EUCROMA. The project consists of a game called Zero Days and a short film called Day One. This video explains the premise of the project, which was also used for research at my university:
Video by: Mariam Zakarian
Speakers: Thorbjørn Reimann-Andersen, Andreas Westerberg, Søren Knak Jacobsen, Mariam Zakarian
In 2050 the world is divided in two: a real world and a game world. In the real world, all countries have united into one nation called The Free World, where no aggression is allowed and any transgressions are punishable by imprisonment in the game world. In The Game there are no laws, and the prisoners are left to the invincible players’ urges and desires, as they use The Game as a means to release bottled up frustration without consequence. However, only privileged citizens have “player access” to The Game. Those who do not have player access and fail to hold back all aggression and sentiment (even raising the voice is viewed as disturbing) are condemned to be assets in The Game.
With this premise, Free World as a cross-media project builds a basis for the users to create stories through film, animation, games and various other media about this classical conflict between super-ego and id.
The beginning of the tale in Free World is told in a webisode teaser that combines 3D animation with live action footage, Free World: Day One, where Oliver and Erika, two citizens of Free World, are expecting a baby. Everything seems perfect, but secretly Erika can’t imagine raising a child in the Free World and thus a conflict arises:
The game Zero Days begins where the short film ends and the version produced at EUCROMA is a vertical slice of the full game, containing 3 levels. In the game you play as a hacker that, with the help of a legendary hacker caught within the system, has to help the main protagonist, Erika, escape the convoluted areas full of enemies who will attack her on sight. Hackers are citizens who have learned to manipulate The Game, but they also risk being captured by the Conway system and being sentenced to death.
Red Riding Hood -inspired photoshoot in a Swedish winter forest.
Photography: Denise Karlsson
Styling/editing/model: Mariam Zakarian
A few days ago I posed for Sine Schmidt Thomsen’s cool, futuristic streetwear inspired by Egyptian garments. The theme of my outfit was the representation of a goddess, with lines borrowed from temple geometry and ancient, Egyptian symbolism.
Sine is fantastic and her designs are absolutely gorgeous.
Design/Styling/Photography: Sine Schmidt Thomsen
Editing/Model/Styling: Mariam Zakarian
Location: Aalborg University in Copenhagen, DK