Welcome to WeAreVR, where we showcase the latest developments in Johannesburg’s Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 360 video industries. Meet the hottest entrepreneurs, artists and engineers in Johannesburg under a single roof. In September we host a special meeting at the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival.
Each month we feature a number of exciting projects and the people that make them a (virtual) reality. In September 2019 we collaborate with Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival on a Southern and East African focus.
Guest Speaker Bios:
Kombo Chapfika is a Zimbabwean multi-disciplinary visual artist. His work focuses on social commentary, combining elements of African and Western pop iconography, patterns, and surreal figurative elements. As a mostly self-taught artist, he believes art transcends any singular medium and that each discipline can inform the others. His hybrid aesthetic echoes his personal journey as a mobile African artist and active participant in the ongoing cultural churning and mutations brought on by globalization. He wants my work to have visceral energy, current awareness, layers of interpretation, and suggestive storytelling. Kombo imagines his aesthetic as a hyperbolic, but recognizable visual language that expresses the immense potential and current dire straits of Zimbabwe, and Africa at large.
Brian Afande is a co-founder and Managing Director of Kenyan-based VR Production Company, BlackRhino VR. He believes that the sum of all his experiences in life have culminated to this very moment whereby he lives, eats and sleeps XR! He holds a peculiar vision of building an XR ecosystem in Kenya based around the dreams of young Africans who lack the opportunity to earn a living through their creativity, talents and abilities. He also believes that democratizing access to Virtual Reality and other emerging technologies is a key ingredient to building awareness around the potential of these technologies. As an early African XR adopter, he plays an important role in designing what XR and new story technologies will look like and how they will impact communities. It is his sincere wish that through creating synergies, partnerships and collaborations we will be able to equip the African youth to be the VR storytellers of the future.