The Australian artist Karan Singh launched a custom 360 background for video calls and Messenger Rooms which inspired by 1980s sci-fi and surrealist images, called Kosmos in a collaboration with Facebook Open Arts.
“Karan Singh is a self-taught Australian artist and is focused on visual arts and illustration for the past 12 years. Karan was born in India, spent his early childhood in the Middle East, grew up in Australia, and has lived in many places across the world since. He identifies as a nomad and draws a parallel between the experience of traveling and trying out different mediums and techniques to evolve his work.”
Kosmos, his custom 360 background, is a fun, larger-than-life world with a futuristic vibe and a nostalgic twist. The context features a surrealist desert landscape with abstract forms and realistic objects rendered in a one-of-a-kind scale and color. Karan’s first encounter working with a 360 backdrop and in a 3D digital environment was with Kosmos. As he provides an incentive for Messenger users to pursue their own sense of exploration, Kosmos demonstrates his ability to explore and develop.
Facebook’s Open Arts is honored to spotlight artists whose passion and creativity inspire their communities and beyond. “Karan brings a distinct point of view and unique aesthetic to everyday objects and experiences,” explains Open Arts Curator Tamar Benzikry. “His work is a helpful reminder of the meaning we imbue in the objects and environments we live with, and the playfulness that’s possible in the community.”
To access Karan’s custom 360 background, simply start a video call or create a Room from Messenger or Facebook, then tap the effects icon on your self-view then select “backgrounds” to access Karan’s background, Kosmos.