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This virtual *vivarium* represents my attempt at translating the aesthetic of a piece of contemporary art into a video game. Shamiana by Nilima Sheikh is a set of painted hanging scrolls and canopy that function as a small tent for community gatherings.  You can find this piece at GoMA, South Brisbane. 


Shamiana symbolises union and the paintings tell the story of every day life in a magical, metaphorical way. The specific canvas scroll that I've chosen, at least to me, makes you feel at one with the universally-relateable, mundane yet profound concepts of birth and death.

If you're interested checkout the post-mortem here.

How To Play

Click/tap the screen to move your creature towards that location. Consume other creatures to create more...

Credits

Creature Art by Joshua Bidwell & Jaidyn McInness

More information

Published 65 days ago
StatusPrototype
PlatformsWindows, macOS
AuthorJoshua Bidwell
TagsAbstract, artgame, vivarium

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suspendedallegory_win64.zip 15 MB
suspendedallegory_mac.zip 18 MB

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Meanwhile, in an alternate-primordial sea! I love the amount of life all these critters have. The visuals translated to a game really well, probably due to the assets being actually drawn and painted. I kinda want a version of this playing in the corner of my monitor at all times just to chill me out.

Thanks mate, yeah it is quite chill and yeah I think some of that 'natural feel' comes from the use of traditional materials. It was ink outline on watercolours by the way, I just cut the insides of the ink with magic wand. A really good project to work on with kids who want to see their drawings turned to life!