Electric South

Open Call for the African XR Realities Lab

What do African realities look like now and how do we facilitate XR projects from Africa, for Africa?

Are you an African artist or creative technologist living and working in Africa willing to engage in a new set of digital skills, like photogrammetry, volumetric capture, LiDAR, as well as software like UNITY, amongst others. If you’re unafraid to learn and potentially fail during the lab, please apply!

African XR Realities
Call for Applications

Electric South and Meta invites you to apply to the African XR Realities Lab.

The lab is a chance to discover what our XR worlds look like, in both fiction and non-fiction narratives, from a pan-African group of artists and creative technologists. The lab will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 23 June – 2 July 2023.

We are looking for eight prototypes to incubate through the African XR Realities Lab that use a range of immersive technologies and workflows, including reality capture and game engine world building for VR.

Artists working at an advanced level in a wide array of artistic forms are welcome to apply, these include game designers, filmmakers, creative technologists, visual and performance artists, architects, fashion designers and musicians, amongst others.

Prototypes can range in scope, from 3DOF to 6DoF VR experiences, with a focus on both fiction and non-fiction narratives. The lab’s emphasis is on using game engines like Unity, as well as the opportunity to experiment in reality capture tools like photogrammetry and volumetric video.

If selected all flights, visa costs, transport, accommodation, and meals will be covered by the Lab. 

About the Lab

What we will do

When does the Lab take place?

Pre-lab online sessions from 29 May – 1 June 2023.

In-person from 23 June – 2 July 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa (full-time).

Prototyping will take place during the lab, with prototypes presented on the final day, 2 July 2023. 

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

How to apply?

The application form requires that you:

Project ideas must:

Utilise one or a combination of the following: Unreal, UNITY, volumetric capture, photogrammetry, LiDAR or similar.

If you have used some or all of the following software, or have some degree of familiarity with the below, this will be advantageous:

Important dates

If you have not heard from us by 12 May 2023 please note that your application has been unsuccessful.

Any questions? Please contact info@electricsouth.org

The Partners

Electric South is a non-profit company based in Cape Town, South Africa. We provide mentorship, production services, funding and exhibition for a network of artists across Africa to explore their worlds through immersive, interactive stories including virtual and augmented reality, and other digital media. To date we’ve produced immersive experiences that have premiered at various global festivals and exhibition spaces including Venice VR Expanded, Sundance New Frontier, IDFA DocLab, Transmediale, Sheffield DocFest, Centre Phi, MUTEK and vNAF (virtual National Arts Festival of South Africa). We remain committed to building inclusive spaces for immersive media creators in Africa.

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. 


Electric South, Meta