Mariam Zakarian

B.1987, Armenia. MSc Media Technology, Aalborg University

Mariam Zakarian is a Danish-Armenian multidisciplinary visual artist based in Copenhagen. She is autodidactic and works with classical drawing, painting, photography and film, cutting edge digital technology as well as performances and installations.

Her artistic roots are in figurative, representational genres infused with the strange and surreal, brimming with visual metaphors and carefully constructed layers of symbolism. She is the creator of one of the first Danish VR artworks, and has worked with the medium since 2014.

Previous exhibitions include galleries, museums, and major tech and fine art events on 3 continents, among which are the Museum of Contemporary Art of Novi Sad, Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and Art Basel Hong Kong.

Zakarian creates her VR art pieces solo from start to finish -a process involving 3D modeling, animation and music composition. She holds an M.Sc. in Media Technology, specializing in VR art, and she occasionally shares her knowledge, techniques and discoveries at international festivals and conferences, discussing the relationships between the human experience of art, artmaking and the artificial, as well as the importance of considering the human aspects when creating the technology of the future.

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Selected Exhibitions:

Novi Sad, Danube Dialogues central exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art |  2019: RS
Hong Kong, Art Basel Hong Kong  |  2018: HK
San Francisco, Moscone Center  |  2018: US
Berlin, Urban Spree  |  2018: DE
Copenhagen, Galleri Oxholm  |  2017: DK
Copenhagen, Ministry of Higher Education and Science  |  2016: DK
Copenhagen, Papirhallen   |  2016: DK

2019: Panel: Music in Immersive Experience, VR Days (NL)
2019: Panel: Art and Ecology, Museum of Contemporary Art (RS)
2018: Internet Week Denmark: The Danish VR Scene (DK)
2018: Copenhagen University: Virtually Ourselves (DK)
2017: Nordic Game Jam Conference (DK)
2017: The Danish Film School: SpilBar (DK)
2016: Creative Coast Festival (SE)
2015: A MAZE Festival (DE),
2015: Creative Coast Festival(SE)
2014: Interaction Design for Children conference (DK),
2014: Game Industry Conference(PL),
2014: Spilbar(DK),
2010: Organisation for Digital Design Students(DK)

2019: RS         Novi Sad              Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina
2019: SE         Karlshamn          Creative Coast Festival
2019: DK        Nordborg            Universe Science Park
2018: SE         Karlshamn          Creative Coast Festival
2018: DK        Nordborg            Universe Science Park
2018: DE         Berlin                  A MAZE Festival at Urban Spree
2018: HK        Hong Kong         Art Basel Hong Kong|Museum of Other Realities|HTC
2018: US         San Francisco   GDC|Museum of Other Realities|Valve
2018: DK        Copenhagen      Virtually Ourselves: Copenhagen University
2017: SE         Karlshamn         Creative Coast Festival
2017: DK        Copenhagen       Galleri Oxholm
2017: DK        Copenhagen       The Danish Film School
2016: DK        Copenhagen       Culture Night|Ministry of Higher Education and Science
2016: DK        Copenhagen       CopenX VR summit
2015: SE         Karlshamn          Creative Coast Festival
2015: DK        Copenhagen        SpilBar at Cinemateket
2015: DK        Copenhagen        Shayla VR Games festival
2015: DE         Berlin                   A MAZE festival
2015: UK        London                 REZZED festival
2015: US         San Francisco      Game Developers Conference
2015: FI           Helsinki                Slush summit
2014: PL         Poznán                   Poznán Game Arena festival
2014: DK        Viborg                    Select/Start PLAY festival
2014: DE         Cologne                 Gamescom Conference
2014: SE          Linköping             NärCon Convention
2014: DK        Copenhagen          Shayla Games festival
2014: DK        Aarhus                    Interaction Design and Children Conference
2012: SE         Stockholm              KGB Bar
2012: SE         Stockholm              Zita
2010: DK        Aarhus                    Aarhus University
2006: DK        Aabenraa               Aabenraa Statsskole
2005: DK        Aabenraa               Aabenraa Statsskole
2000: DK       Padborg                  Bov Galleri
1998: DK        Vordingborg          Marienberg Skole

2013-2017         Master of Science in Media Technology (spec. Virtual Reality Art)
                                   Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

2014                      Eucroma digital crossmedia arts program
                                   The European Cross Media Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011-2012         Art History
                                   Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

2009-2012         Bachelor of Art in Digital Design
                                   Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

2008-2009         Medicine (1st year: Macro- & Microscopic Anatomy)
                                   Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark