Design Futures Lab — Call for Applications!

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Open call for the Design Futures Lab 2022

About the Lab

● The programme will include both a sustainable fashion workshop and a digital lab that will challenge successful candidates to explore and expand their digital production skills in XR (extended reality).

What we will do

● Bringing together education, experimentation, exploration and play to support young creatives to bring their ideas into the immersive space.

When does the Lab take place?

Virtually from 14–18 March 2022 (max. 2hrs/day).

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  1. Be 18 years or older.
  2. Submit in pairs, with one concept (two creatives per concept).
  3. Be citizens or permanent residents of South Africa.
  4. Currently live in South Africa and able to travel on the days required.
  5. Have some form of experience in a creative technology field. Experience in fashion, design, creative technology and game development would be wonderful.
  6. Be willing to complete self-directed African Creative Economy course work up to Intermediate Level. Link found here.
  7. Attend all components of the Design Futures Lab.

How to apply

The application form requires that you:

  1. Tell us about yourselves (including a short 1 minute introductory clip).
  2. Tell us about your interest in the Lab and what you would like to learn.
  3. Tell us about XR projects that inspire the concept you will be submitting.
  4. Tell us about your creative practices.
  5. Tell us about your XR idea — Your idea should express the experiential and provocative narratives around the area of sustainable fashion practices and climate address, as well as how you want to integrate technology.
  6. Include the XR idea’s concept creative materials — this must include links to visual or audio references. This could be a mood board, compilation of work that inspires you, etc. We want to understand your aesthetic intentions for your XR idea.
  1. Be a digital prototype/proof of concept with experiential and provocative narratives around themes of sustainable fashion practices along the entire value chain (from soil to landfill) and which address issues pertaining to the environment, the climate crisis and to earth-friendly and regenerative solutions.
  2. Use immersive technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR). This could include 360 filmmaking, volumetric capture, worldbuilding, interactive worlds, avatar creation, animation, artificial intelligence, projection mapping, hybrid forms, and beyond.

Important dates

· Please complete and submit this form by 11.59pm SAST on 31 January 2022.

Any questions?

Please contact and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

The partners

Electric South has an award-winning track record in producing storytelling expressed in an immersive format. We run labs and workshops for creators, demonstrating cutting edge work and growing their practical skill set. We provide ongoing creative and technical mentorship to our artists in production. We regularly exhibit work and give talks at local and international festivals and events to evangelize new digital immersive media. Through our digital platforms, we share knowledge, tools and resources. Our aim is to grow the ecosystem of artists using new immersive technologies for storytelling in Africa and to facilitate collaborative information exchanges on the African continent. Electric South, a non-profit providing support and mentorship to digital visual storytellers, will implement a 3-day in-person lab in Cape Town. The focus will be on developing digital prototype/proof of concept ideas inspired by Twyg’s sustainable fashion workshops. Electric South will explore a number of different creative approaches including 360 filmmaking, volumetric capture, worldbuilding, avatar creation, and augmented reality.

Any questions?

Please contact and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.



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Funding, incubating and exhibiting the work of African creators - focused on innovative digital visual storytelling, VR, mobile and non-fiction.