“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
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. း Ⓝⓤ ⓡⓐⓓⓘⓞ ု 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗗 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗥 စ ထ by Oseanwold was commissioned by Nxt Museum 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.
Oseanwold 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.
Oseanworld’s kaleidoscopic း Ⓝⓤ ⓡⓐⓓⓘⓞ ု 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗗 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗥 စ ထ presents a new challenge with each new chapter. You 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!
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.