Nairobi Fat Cap
Telling stories of African Social concerns in Graffiti VR to the metaverse and beyond.
Nairobi Fat Cap is a Fallohide initiative under the Craft Reality Effort, to train artists to make Graffiti Virtual Reality art with social action concern themes of their choosing. In partnership with JENGE KULTURE, Baraza Media, Alliance Française de Nairobi , Creative Creative Economy Practice, iHub and Artivive.
Graffiti is often made without permission and within public view, a forbidden way to paint a picture of society. This is an art form that demands to be heard, to be seen. And with few African artists in the metaverse, Fallohide has made the effort to give access to VR equipment and training to artists and give them a new voice in the metaverse, to be heard and boldly be seen.
The Making of Nairobi Fat Cap
Watch the Making of Nairobi Cap;
The participating artists showcased their VR Graffiti in AR (Augmented Reality) with an MR (Mixed Reality) performance at Baraza Media Lab on Friday 10th June 2022, from 2 PM to 4 PM.
Four visual artists based in Nairobi participated in the first cohort, creating Graffiti under four social action themes: Environment, Peace, Mental Health, and Justice.
We had quite the turn out! Watch the recap here;
We were invited to exhibit at the Alliance Française de Nairobi's NYrobi Book Fest from the 24 to the 26 of June 2022 to use Nairobi Fat Cap as a case study for the future of print. We presented 'Mixed Realities; Future of Print. A Nairobi Fat Cap case study.' We demonstrated how publications can use Augmented Reality to make their books interesting and more educational and that artworks for publications can be made in a VR headset. Watch the highlights here;
Meet the artists!
Cynthia Jerono-Visual Artist
"Just like authors use words to burn through you, I use my art as a flaming spear-can go through anything. You look at it and you’re pierced straight to your soul. I am Painter and an Illustrator based in Nairobi. My work is an outlet of how I view the world and lets me explore myself and the feelings that come with being a human."
Follow their work; https://www.instagram.com/cj.kerich/
Conrad Kelemba-3D Artist and Interior Designer
"I have always believed that I may not be good at verbal communication, but I express myself visually very well. I have always been passionate about freehand drawing, as well as practising interior design, branding and 3D architectural rendering as a profession. I will always see the world as an empty canvas ready for some artistic strokes."
Follow their work; https://greyinnovation.co.ke/
Maria Gikuru-Visual Artist
"I am a visual artist; painter, ceramist, graphic designer and sketch artist. I want people to realize that there can be more ways of striving in life, by just expressing themselves through craft and creativity. I like working hard at refining these skills, conjuring new projects and testing unique approaches. Art can be a powerful tool to change perception, solve problems and give identity to anything and anyone."
Follow their work; https://www.behance.net/wamagi
"Kelvin Malombe - preferably known as Malosh - is a Kenyan visual communicator, Artivist (Artist and Activist) and founder of PlusthreeGMT. Husband to 1(one). Father to 3(three). Xenophile. Lover of Green. The collaborative studio;+3GMT. empowers bold brands who care about social empowerment to make a prominent brand statement to the world."
Follow their work; https://www.linkedin.com/in/malombe-kelvin-110a0562/
Craft Reality is a Fallohide effort to use Extended Reality tools to guide through creative sustainable business practices and educate artists how to use Extended Reality art forms and to empower and prepare them for local and international opportunities in the creative economy and beyond.