For the second year, Electric South is bringing together a phenomenal group of experts, thinkers, movers and shakers, futurists and creators who are pushing the boundaries of the emerging media space, to take part in the Immersive Africa summit. The summit will take place during the 2019 Electric South Immersive Media Lab.
This second gathering continues the conversation about the future, opportunities and possibilities for the emerging media landscape in Africa.
While the artists develop their creative ideas, we want to think more broadly about how to grow the ecosystem around them that can support creative technology explorations in Africa.
During the summit, artists and industry leaders will collectively share insights and ideas on how to build the future of immersive storytelling together.
In addition to the Immersive Media Lab advisors, here are the summit guests:
Dr. Tegan Bristow (Wits)
Tegan is a South African artist and developer of interactive digital installations; Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Arts of the University of the Witwatersrand and Director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival. The festival celebrates the intersection between technology, creativity and culture in Africa. With a focus on art, culture and technology in Africa, Tegan’s work focuses on development and access.
Haytham Nawar (Cairotronica)
Haytham is an artist, designer, and researcher in Cairo. He is the Director and Founder of the Cairotronica, Cairo Electronic and New Arts Media Festival. The festival presents an opportunity for creatives to exchange ideas, products and concepts in the dynamic field of electronic and new media arts. Haytham continues to contribute to the ever-changing world of art and culture, and the issue of freedom of expression.
Oulimata Gueye (Digital Imaginaries)
Oulimata is a curator and art critic. Her background is the effect of digital technology on Africa’s urban popular culture. She has been particularly interested in looking at how digital technology impacts on popular urban culture in Africa. Her research project ‘Afrocyberfeminisms’ explores digital technologies and its involvement in modern Africa and its diasporas. Some of her work includes “Africa sf” which investigates digital culture, science and fiction’s potential for critical assessment and alternative positions.
Judith Okonkwo (Imisi 3D)
Judith is a technology evangelist, business psychologist and Organisation Development consultant with experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2016 she set up Imisi 3D, an XR creation lab dedicated to growing a community of VR developers in Nigeria, and providing educational and engagement experiences using immersive tech. Optimistic about their goal, Judith sees immersive tech as tools for creating everyday solutions.
Cara Mertes (Ford Foundation)
Cara is the Project Director of Moving Image Strategies at Ford Foundation, supporting socially engaged independent films and emerging media and cultivating new resources and inclusive talent pipelines. Throughout her career as a non-profit executive, producer/director and funder, Cara has championed artists as leaders, and worked to harness the power of the moving image arts to strengthen civil society, create transformative narratives and accelerate progressive change.
Amy Seidenwurm (Oculus)
Amy is the Executive Producer of Oculus’ VR for Good Creators Lab, where filmmakers are paired with nonprofits to create impactful and beautiful VR experiences. She has produced VR projects that have been selected for over 50 festivals and social good events in 2017 and 2018, including Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film, Sheffield Doc Fest, Skoll World Forum, Cannes Next and the UN General Assembly. Since the late 1990s, Amy has been running tech-driven marketing campaigns for music and cultural organizations.
More on the upcoming lab:
Meet the 2019 Electric South Immersive Media Lab Artists
The lab brings together artists and advisors who convene to explore new frontiers of digital storytelling.
The #ImmersiveAfrica summit will take place during the 2019 Electric South Immersive Media Lab. The lab is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and Bertha Foundation.
Now in its 4th year, the Lab is a unique retreat which brings together diverse African artists and leading industry advisors to explore new frontiers of storytelling, such as VR, AR, 360 films, interactive worlds, animation, artificial intelligence, projection mapping, hybrid forms, and beyond.
About Electric South
Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, Bio-Hacking, and beyond: tools that artists can use for creative expression are expanding and evolving. We believe that these new technologies must open up spaces for original voices and underrepresented narratives. This urgent need to showcase African stories in the medium of today inspired a 21st century production studio: Electric South.
Founded in 2015, we are a registered non-profit company based in Cape Town, South Africa and operating across the African continent. We are involved in the production of daring and urgent stories around African experiences; in building audiences and exhibition models for these stories in the local sector; and in the skills development required to advance a robust ecosystem of coopetition.