Tracing the Wild
A dynamic data art project telling the stories of predators in the Maasai Mara

Premiering at Nairobi Design Week, March 11-19


"Tracing the Wild" is a new dynamic data-driven art project led by Nairobi-based artist Chuma Anagbado alongside creativity hub Nairobi Design in collaboration with data architect Daria Smakhtina and SNI's Director of Creative Engagement Seth Bockley. This initiative visualizes predator data from Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) as a series of digital and physical data-based 'portraits' along with interactive artwork created in collaboration with tech developers, designers, and story gatherers.

This project harnesses data from lions' patterns of territorial movement and conflict with humans in order to represent the predator ecosystem in Kenya's Maasai Mara region as a dynamic human-nonhuman collaborative artwork, providing a vivid and emotionally affective experience of scientific knowledge and real-time health of nature.

Tracing The Wild is built from data reflecting the biosocial interactions and coexistence of predators and human communities in the Mara, and is intended as a way to express the life of these rare predators who are tracked and protected by innovative conservation organization Kenya Wildlife Trust. This exhibition shines a light on KWT's crucial work stewarding the predator ecosystem of the Mara, and proceeds from sales of these artworks benefits their work directly
This project represents an example of the potential for Web3 artworks to connect people and nature in service to conservancies such as Kenya Wildlife Trust.
More Information about Tracing the Wild
Tracing The Wild features Chuma Anagbado's hardwood-etched portraits of three specific lions, known to the conservation community as Mama Kali, Naramat, and Sintamei, alongside Daria Smakhtina's renderings of these animals' movements as 3-D digital sculptures.

Explore the artwork in our digital gallery, coming soon!

Nairobi Design is our partner in creating this project as a site-specific installation. Tracing The Wild will premiere on March 11-19 at the Opportunity Factory in Nairobi, Kenya.

Project Team
  • Chuma Anagbado
    Artist
  • Daria Smakhtina
    Data Visualization Architect
  • Naitiemu
    Creative & Showcase Lead, Nairobi Design Week
  • Seth Bockley
    Director of Creative Engagement, SNI
  • Felixie Kipng'etich
    Communications Officer, Kenya Wildlife Trust
  • Adrian Jankowiak
    Director and Founder, Nairobi Design Week
  • Mercy Barno
    Sound Design & Engineer
  • Alessandro Mazzi
    Head of Partnerships and Field Research, SNI
  • Lyosi Mwedekeli
    AR Designer
  • Memo Some
    Founder and CEO, WildNow Foundation

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