Empire Me (Interactive)

You don’t like the world you live in? Go and create your own!
“Empire Me – Be Your Nation!” is a social documentary web format. Departing from the would-be “dream society” within each of us, we embark on a journey to people who have turned their dreams into reality by creating colourful and diverse micronations.

Now online: www.empire-me.net

News

  • - "Empire Me" on September 4 on arte

    After putting off a lot of intersted people in the past, we are happy to announce that our production “Empire [...]

    After putting off a lot of intersted people in the past, we are happy to announce that our production "Empire Me" will be broadcasted on arte on September 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm. Have fun exploring the micro-nations of the world: be it the free state of Christiana, the swimming cities of Serenissima or the commune "ZeGG", a center for experimental societies. Also noteworthy is our interactive website where you can build your own state.

    Empire Me Interactive


  • - PRIX EUROPA – The Countdown continues

    The tension is mounting at the PRIX EUROPA Festival. After we presented our webformats “Empire Me. Interactive” and “Farewell Comrades! [...]

    The tension is mounting at the PRIX EUROPA Festival. After we presented our webformats "Empire Me. Interactive" and "Farewell Comrades! Interactive" to the jury, now we are waiting for the announcement of the winner. Both web docs are nominated within the category `Best online production of the year 2012´. Fingers crossed!

    PRIX EUROPA


  • - "Empire Me (Interactive)" nominated for the AWWWARDS

    Awwwards are the awards for design, creativity and innovation on the Internet, which recognize and promote the best web designers [...]

    Awwwards are the awards for design, creativity and innovation on the Internet, which recognize and promote the best web designers in the world. Our social documentary web format about micronations and alternate life designs is happy about the nomination and is looking forward to get many clicks, because the voting of the audience is taken into account for the evaluation. The Website of "Empire Me (Interactive)" was designed and developed by sirup°, the Berlin based agency for New Media.

    Vote at a ten-point-scale how much you like "Empire Me Interactive"


Projekte


  • Empire Me


Empire Me (Interactive)

You don’t like the world you live in? Go and create your own!

“Empire Me – Be Your Nation!” is a cross-media project containing a documentary and social web format. Departing from the would-be “dream society” within each of us, we embark on a journey to people who have turned their dreams into reality by creating colourful and diverse micronations.

Our web format “Empire Me.net – Be Your Nation!” picks up on this topic where the film ends: Micronations and alternate life designs are not only a subcultural and marginal phenomenon, but a global one; they are a way of revolting against predominant systems and of living our very own utopias in reality.

The initial question inquires about the shape of the user’s ideal world. You don’t like your nation? You are unhappy with the local and global structures that surround you, along with their values and goals? Then let us know about your utopian nation, and we tell you where it is.

The focus of this project is our provocative, playful and emotional web platform. We send the user on a journey through utopian mind games in the form of sets of questions on the topics of lifestyle, governmental styles and love life.
The journey commences with questions. Film material and background information are used to make the transition from a fictitious, theoretical approach into real, world scenery.

You thought the world as you imagine it doesn’t exist? Well think again, because we have 1, 2 or even 3 micronations that fit your description as based on the answers to your question sets. And should you be utterly convinced, go ahead and become a fan! Invite your Facebook friends to share your vision of a better tomorrow for all of you!

The appeal of the site is the ability of the user to compare his personal likes and dislikes with multiple versions of an existing reality and share and discuss them within their communities.

Idea & concept: Christian Beetz, Lena Thiele, Sonja Schmidt
Producer: Sonja Schmidt
Executive producer: Christian Beetz, Johannes Rosenberger
Commissioning editors: Martin Pieper, Dr. Thomas Salb, Nadja Röll
Webdesign & Development: sirup°, Agentur für neue Medien GmbH & Co KG
Texts: Marie Schneider, Diana Arnold, Paul Poet
Editing: Marie Schneider

Koproduktion

  • Empire Me

    Hackesche Höfe Kino - Berlin, Germany
    23 January 2012 at 5:15 pm

  • Empire Me

    Cinéma le Pagnol (International Film Festival Aubagne) - Aubagne, France
    21 March 2012 at 3:15 pm