Blkburd Genes, a scientific design company in Los Angles California, founded by Kenyan scientific creator, Zede’Kiah Loky has introduced its first NFT project ‘Lamu Archipelago’ at Crossroad Exhibition.
The scientific design company with a unique mix of creatives; has been working to reduce historical inaccuracies and appropriately portray Coastal Kenyan culture through their designs.
On Sep. 25, 2021, Blkburd Genes joined a host of 30 predominately black artists in Film, Music, and Digital art at the Crossroads Exhibition to exhibit their first NFT: ‘Lamu Archipelago.’
In a statement on Instagram, Loky stated the piece captures the richness of the Swahili culture in Fractal form.
“Fractals can be found in many items that occur in nature: Mangrove trees, flowers, coastlines, animals and fruits.”
“Developing the geometry behind ‘Lamu Archipelago’, we envision ancient algorithms that mirror the complexity of today’s world.” he added.
Crossroad Exhibition is a 3D Virtual Exhibition.
Troika Media Group’s and Umba Daima, a creative agency helping embrace black art, teamed up to host a 30-day non-fungible token (NFT) art exhibit till Oct. 24, 2021.
The primarily digital exhibit, that kicked off in Atlanta Georgia features the artwork of 20-25 predominately black artists in Film, Music, and Digital art.
The Crossroads Exhibition is displaying in a multi-media digital gallery and event space designed by Kwame Michael, a VFX and 3D designer, who has an impressive portfolio including credits in the Avengers, Captain America, and Guardians of The Galaxy.
The exhibit covers a range of topics relating to crypto, tech, and themes covered by the featured artists.
There are also curated NFT events and experiences in the gallery, including; scavenger hunts, auctions, raffles or giveaways, panel discussions, and workshops.
Intergrating Technology into Fashion
Blkburd is integrating technology into fashion to educate and share the wonders of the coastal cities of Kenya.
To convey their products’ story, Blkburd Genes turned their limited edition pieces into ‘Phygitals’, physical items paired with a digital asset (NFT).
By pairing their physical products with NFTs, Blkburd Genes have opened its doors to countless possibilities for their business and marketing, including the Crossroad exhibition.
All artworks at Crossroads Exhibition are to be sold via a 30-day schedule of consecutive auctions.
Jay Z, wearing Blkburd Genes
On March 30, 2021 business Mogul and Rapper Jay-Z was spotted wearing one of Blkburd Genes t-shirts.
The limited edition piece features Lamu’s Riyadha Mosque.
Other celebrities who have been spotted wearing Blkburd Genes limited t-shits included LA Lakers forward, Carmelo Anthony in a recent Welcome to NBA lane ad, Miami Heat frontman Jimmy Butler, Fashion model and actor Jeremy Meeks & WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.