Muthoni Drummer Queen recently launched her new album SHE, which featured an album cover with body painting by Micheal Soi. MDQ is following up the album with Africa’s first virtual reality music video, created with UK multimedia artist and electronic producer, Circa69. The body painting for the video was this time done by Lindsay Dawn Adhiambo, who also featured at Nairobi Design Week 2018. Their partnership was supported by the #EastAfricaArts programme by the British Council.
The event took place at The Foundry in Westlands, Nairobi on April 26th.
The experience itself is a computer generated interior of a space ship, with over 350 screens, each programmed separately. The viewer is taken up and down through the long column structure, eventually exiting into a free flight through space, with stunning views all around.
The video has two endings and Circa69 explained that this was key in ensuring the experience remained interactive, defining it as virtual reality rather than merely 360 video.
We’re yet to find the video available online, but we hope to see it appear soon so that more people can experience it.
Keep your eyes peeled for news of further VR screenings and releases on MDQ’s Instagram.