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New Frontier at The Sundance Festival will be inviting a South African Immersive film to exhibit at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival from 23 January till 3 February. This is the first time that a South African Immersive film has been selected to exhibit at the festival. What makes this achievement even more significant is that it is a film by Director, Dylan Valley, an award winning black documentary filmmaker.

“Azibuye — The Occupation”, is a stereo 360 documentary about Masello and Evan, two homeless black artist/activists who take up residence in an crumbling mansion, vacant for 20 years, in…

It is always great to hear stories about African women taking on interesting projects, especially in the emerging field of immersive media. Over the years Electric South has collaborated with many artists but among them are women who have produced great work. The most recent is a VR film directed by Nigerian based storyteller Jumoke Sanwo a 2017 New Dimensions VR Lab alum and who’s fillm ‘Lagos at Large’ has been selected for the DocLab: Domesticating Reality program

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.

The lab brings together artists and advisors who convene to explore new frontiers of digital storytelling.

This November, 10 Electric South Immersive Media Lab artists will convene for a week-long retreat in Cape Town, together with a team of advisors, among whom are 2018 advisors from Black Rhino VR and Eden Labs.

The advisors are experts at the top of their field in interactive and immersive digital technologies and bring a wealth of knowledge, ranging from 360 filmmaking to spatial sound to 3D modelling and beyond, to the lab.

Get to know the artists:

The lab is uniquely designed to…

The lab brings together artists and advisors who convene to explore new frontiers of digital storytelling.

We’re excited to introduce the 10 artists selected for the annual Electric South Immersive Media Lab. 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.

Our latest cohort of artists come from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe. They work in diverse fields spanning architecture, audio/visual art…

Part 2 of the “Spotlight Artists” series features Ghanaian technology evangelist and science-fiction writer Jonathan Dotse. Jonathan is the Founder of digital hypermedia publishing house, AfroCyberPunk Interactive, with roots in Afrofuturism as a continual inspiration of African recurrent themes, motifs, and aesthetics.

“… I’m finding that the more I focus on my immediate objectives, the clearer each next step and my long-term vision becomes.”

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Jonathan: I’ve always considered myself to be a generalist as far as techniques and mediums are concerned. I dabble in lots of different forms, but the underlying thread in my work is in creating deeply immersive experiences through narrative world-building, or creating virtual worlds in short.

How did you find…

A day doesn’t seem to go by without us reading about another incredible African artist or digital maverick doing really cool stuff. That said, the past few years have had us awestruck as we marvelled at the fantastic applications we received for our then VR only and now AR/VR lab. As Electric South, we’re committed to shining light on the digital creative space in the region, and the stories of these rising African creatives — making their mark in the space — is one that we’re very committed to telling.

Spotlight Artists” features African brilliant creatives as they give us…

This November, we are inviting young leaders, influencers and decision-makers from social and creative hubs to attend the connect.hubs training program in Cape Town and Harare, designed to build and sustain their skills, knowledge and network.

For the Cape Town cohort, we’re incredibly excited about these outstanding Creative and Social Economy hubs representing a cross-section of creativity and social impact across the Southern Africa region. They come from South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique.

connect.hubs is an initiative to support the social and creative hubs in Southern Africa that drive the creative economies and create social impact in the…

The Electric South 3rd New Dimensions call for applications closed on a high note with an applicant pool from 30 countries across Africa. The high calibre and diversity of applications received is testament to the immense creativity on this continent. This validates Electric South’s commitment to explore new technologies as tools to open up spaces for original voices and often under-appreciated narratives.

Our latest cohort of artists work in creative technology, audio-visual installations, photography, journalism, fashion design, academia and filmmaking. …

Electric South is currently in Naivasha, Kenya with NBO Story Lab running a five-day VR hackathon with filmmakers and journalists from across East Africa, including Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda.

Participants: Top Row (L-R) Tulanana Bohela, Kevin Irungu, Abdulgader Bashir; Middle Row (L-R) Alsanosi Adam, Barbara Muriungi, Wairimu Gitau; Bottom Row (L-R) Veronica Natalis Mataba, Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, Ben Kerry Mawejje

The hackathon is focused on 360 production with a focus on journalism and non-fiction storytelling. We are also working on how to connect VR production to audiences in Africa. For this reason the participants are involved in daily discussions around access to devices and data/wifi, as well as different VR engagement strategies for audiences across East Africa, and beyond. There are no easy answers here and we are committed…

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