WORKSHOPS

Electric South aims to develop the ecosystem of companies and individuals creating tech-driven art in Africa. As such, mentorship, training and capacity building are key to our work.

We host workshops, labs and hackathons covering virtual reality, creative documentary and innovative storytelling across Africa.

WORKSHOPS

2018 NEW DIMENSIONS VR/AR LAB

Third edition of NEW DIMENSIONS LAB took place in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2018 and included augmented reality alongside virtual reality. We brought together nine creative participants from across Africa (Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe).  

We were joined by eight African and international experts to train these nine individuals in 360 filmmaking and narratives created in a game engines, and also to provide creative feedback on their project ideas. This years creative advisors were: Gareth Steele and Rick Treweek (Eden / South Africa), Kamal Sinclair (Sundance New Frontier / USA), Ben Kreimer (storytelling technologist /USA & everywhere), Brian Afande and Michael Ilako (Black Rhino VR / Kenya), Yasmin Elayat (Scatter / USA) and Carl Roberts
(Sound and Motion Studios / South Africa).

Out of an applicant pool of over 200, the following artists were selected to attend:

2018 NEW DIMENSIONS VR/AR LAB

2017 NEW DIMENSIONS VR LAB

The second VR lab workshop took place in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2017, and brought together nine creative participants from across Africa (Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa).  The residential VR lab focus was 360 filmmaking, Unity production, and immersive computing and development of VR project ideas.

The Lab was led by the following creative advisors: Jessica Brillhart (principal filmmaker for VR at Google), Oscar Raby (VRTOV), Darren Emerson (East City Films), Ainsley Sutherland (media technologist and researcher, 2016 fellow at the BuzzFeed Open Lab), Stephen Abbott (editor), Simon Ratcliffe (audio engineer, Sound & Motion Studios) and Carl Roberts (Sound & Motion Studios), as well as New Dimensions alumni Jim Chuchu (visual artist, The Nest), and Selly Raby Kane (fashion designer).

Out of an applicant pool of over 200, the following artists were selected to attend:

2017 NEW DIMENSIONS VR LAB

2017 NAIROBI VR HACKATHON

Electric South partnered with Kenya’s Nuba Reports to facilitate a 5-day residency VR workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. Six creative teams from across East Africa (Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Somalia) were invited to learn practical production skills through making a short 360 film.

As they went on to pursue VR projects in their respective countries of residence, the attendees then had continued mentorship from international experts: Ben Kreimer, an independent journalism technologist; Lakshmi Sarah, an educator and journalist based in the Bay Area; and Conan Roberts, head of production at VR City in the UK.

Thanks to the British Council in Kenya, one participant will have financial support to attend the 2018 Alternate Realities program at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK.

2017 NAIROBI VR HACKATHON

2015 NEW DIMENSIONS VR LAB

Our first event kicked off in October 2015 during the “African Futures” program at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. The 4-day VR workshop was led by Jessica Brillhart from Google; and Oscar Raby and Katy Morrison from VRTOV.

The selected participants were:

2015 NEW DIMENSIONS VR LAB

GRASSROOTS VR WORKSHOP

In 2017, Electric South started a community-based program which is an interactive, collaborative, and engaging workshop where we work with young people to get them excited about 360 / VR content and techniques. The first workshop, planned in partnership with the Bertha Centre, was held in Khayelitsha, a township in South Africa with a fast-growing entrepreneurship sector.