“Like a kid, you go in your backyard and you’re playing with sticks and pretend they’re swords. It’s one of those things where I wish adults can do that – and so I’ve been trying to conceptualise this way of giving somebody that same feeling.” – Oseanworld
Oseanworld spills forth from an ever-growing collection of the artist’s comics, visuals and characters. Two of these characters, Kami 227 and Kami 334, are here to guide us through Oseanworld’s kaleidoscopic ‘Nu Radio World Tour’. Each new chapter presents a new challenge. We will be called to act: to leap, dodge and explore; to complete challenges and compete with those around us. Listen up for your instructions, and good luck!
‘World 1’ is a place of energetic, vibrant landscapes and never-ending creation. Its colour saturation seems to compact the whole spectrum so that we see it with our own eyes. This is a purposeful attempt to reproduce the way species (such as the mantis shrimp) can see 6 times the colour of humans – so that we might experience this phenomena as euphoria within ourselves. However, in ‘World 2’, watch your step – this darkly psychedelic wilderness is treacherous and tricky. As we play, so do massive tech-giants. Osean’s sugar-rush aesthetic doesn’t forget this. We can have everything we want, when we want it. When we plug in, we open our minds to a flurry of commercials, pay-to-play schemes and limitless consumerism.
Osean (the artist from whom the world gets its name) found that as his work travelled from drawing on paper to 3D modelling, it began to sit more firmly in our reality. When Osean was a child, he saw Batman in his father’s sketchbook and for a moment assumed he had created him. He didn’t, but seeing the character exist both on paper and on television – he was moved by how it seemed to travel between analogue and digital mediums. Osean is a prime example of a creative who uses emerging technologies to broaden our sense of which mediums belong to ‘art’, as he builds worlds for his online community. Having grown up immersed in video games and social media – he measures distance in pixels rather than metres, having spent so much time in virtual reality.
In childhood, untouched by ideas of maturity and silliness – we are bolder. We play with stick swords and invent fantasy worlds. In these worlds we make friends and overcome challenges – building community in the process. Today, we can see this taking place on video-game message boards and (even more hybrid) augmented-reality games such as Pokémon GO – which pushed people to outdoor spaces, finding new companions along the way. ‘Nu Radio World Tour’ was commissioned to create this space of play – to discover what happens when characters, music, noise and colour arrive from the digital to the physical. Osean is a creative from outside art-world institutions, one that pumps-up our dopamine levels, builds community and brings joy.
Oseanworld | b. 1996, US
Osean works at the intersection of post-internet culture and fine art. Osean’s imaginary universe, Oseanworld has collaborated on visual experiences for major musicians including Offset, Lauv, Trippie Redd, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz, and MadeinTYO. Osean’s NFT artworks – including Dragon! And Radio! – have been auctioned at Sothebys.