African art

African art in digital form

A Nigerian project called Looty is seeking to take back African art in digital form.

This programme is available NOW OnDemand at the Digital Planet Page and is available now until Wednesday the 25th of May. It will also be broadcast on Sunday the 22nd of May in Phuket on 91.5 FM and 102.5 FM and Online via the Internet radio portals.

Members go into museums, take LiDAR scans using their phones, and recreate these African artworks as non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The first piece is one of the Benin Bronzes from the British Museum.

Different artistic reimaginations of this ancient artwork are now being sold as NFTs, with parts of the proceeds going to emerging Nigerian artists. Gareth speaks to Looty’s founder Chidi about the idea, and blockchain expert Anne Kaluvu comments on the project.

The story behind Looty

Chidi stated that he was inspired to design Looty after hearing about non-fungible tokens (NFTs). At the same time, there was a lot of debate about European conquerors stealing African Art. Combining the two directions, Chidi came to the creation of the platform.

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Professor Carlos Nobre explains how, with the help of drones, fibre optic cables and other technologies, this vision may become a reality. The common fruit fly’s digital twin One of the most ubiquitously used and best understood organisms in science is the common fruit fly.

Many important developments in medicine and biology stem from research on this tiny insect. Now Professor Pavan Ramdya and his team have developed a complete simulated model of the fruit fly, a so-called digital twin.

This model can be used by researchers to conduct experiments digitally, which may help speed up research and solve unanswered questions.

The programme Digital Planet is presented by Gareth Mitchell with expert commentary from Angelica Mari. Studio Manager: Duncan Hannant Producers: Hannah Fisher and Florian Bohr

(Photo: A man uses Sony’s 3D Creator scanning to create a three-dimensional image Credit: PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

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