Aphids in association with JUE: Music + Art presents



Iridescent pearls, black diamonds, orchids, phosphorescence, and neon lights in hot pink and ultraviolet shades…

A multi-faceted concept – Metaverse Makeovers fuses intimate Augmented Reality (AR) enhanced beauty treatments, streamed and networked installations, 3D photoshoots, and exclusive AR cosmetics range featuring a prismatic palette of special FX holograms. Audiences receive exclusive AR manicure treatments, and neon-style love and pampering, experienced within the sleek surrounds of Hollywood Club’s VIP rooms for JUE – an annual open-source arts and music festival.

Created in collaboration with Chinese nail bar technicians of Shanghai’s underworld – Metaverse Makeovers is a trans-global re-envisioning of the future of make-up, highlighting the complex surfaces of China’s beauty, luxury, and technology industries.


Director/Producer/Convergent Media Design – Thea Baumann
Augmented Reality Design/Development – Ben Ferns
Web design – Pachinko Pictures
Performer/Face of the Metaverse – Shian Law
Film – Adele Wilkes
Sound Design – Katharine Neil, Alex Akers

Metaverse Makeovers has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Hollywood Club, 46 Yueyang Lu, Shanghai
Saturday 24th March, 2012

Live Streaming

Images Alice Lang

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.