ISEA2013 & Metaverse Makeovers Pty. Ltd.


In The Portals
Multiplayer Manicures

Metaverse Makeovers (LIVE) is a transmedia appstravaganza experienced as virtual manicures and mixed reality beauty treatments re-purposed for ISEA 2013 in nail parlour salons in Darwin and Sydney. Metaverse Makeovers is a cross-cultural, transnational, inter-disciplinary team of specialists fusing knowledge of emerging technologies and Augmented Reality (AR), app development and user experience design, to deliver social and immersive mobile experiences.

The Metaverse team set up in Darwin and Sydney, restyling nails by ‘Hologram Hostesses’, with demonstrations of the Metaverse Nails appcessory – wearable augmented reality nail accessories that interacts with a companion game app. The Metaverse Nails appcessories were applied by the Hologram Hostesses and played out as intimate, tactile, face-to-face encounters between audiences/participants and nail technicians/Metaverse world.

Dazzling 3D virtual nail bling designs illuminate participants’ fingers, and are simulcast to mobile devices, large public screens, and online in a shimmering televisual display. Metaverse Makeovers (LIVE) ask you to become part of a new world, where techno beauty, AR digital cosmetics, future-forward appcessory products, and community performance converge.


Thea Baumann (VIC/Shanghai)
Ben Ferns (VIC)
Shian Law (VIC)

What are the potentials of high-speed broadband networks for new forms of local/global communication, community engagement, and art practice? Join our panel of artists to hear about some thought-provoking new projects that explore creative ways in which broadband networks can be used to produce distributed artworks and enable novel ways for remote audiences to engage with each other.

For More information please visit the ISEA website 


Simultaneously in Sydney & Darwin
13 June

Image Pollyanna

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.