WORKSHOPs

2022 Design Futures Lab

A first of its kind, the Design Futures Lab saw nine teams of two creatives explore the intersection of fashion and XR through an online workshop on sustainable fashion and an in-person immersive digital filmmaking lab using new creative technologies and software. Each team received a grant of R75,000 to develop their concepts.

A final offering of the Lab, afforded the participants use of international distribution channels and exhibition platforms, to facilitate access to new markets for sustained livelihoods.

Included in the lab were creative technologists, gamers, fashion designers, product designers and multidisciplinary artists who created immersive proof of concepts or prototypes around experiential and provocative digital narratives about sustainable fashion and design.

The Design Futures Lab 2022 is a creative economy project, hosted by Electric South, Twyg and Crossover Labs and supported by the British Council #SouthernAfricaArts.

Sustainable Fashion Workshop

Sustainable Fashion Workshop curated by Twyg took place from Monday 14 to Friday 18 March 2022 and can be accessed here.

Teams

Lesiba Mabitsela Studio and King Debs
Lesiba Mabitsela
Lesiba Mabitsela Studio and King Debs
King Debs
Oliver Hunter Pohorille and Holly Bell Beaton
Holly Bell Beaton
Oliver Hunter Pohorille and Holly Bell Beaton
SCUM BOY
Sihle Sogaula and Siviwe James
Siviwe James
Sihle Sogaula and Siviwe James
Sihle Sogaula
Natalie Paneng and Masego Morgan
Masego Shiho Morgan
Natalie Paneng and Masego Morgan
Natalie-Ann Paneng
Khumo Morojele and Mbangiso Mabaso
Khumo Morojele
Khumo Morojele and Mbangiso Mabaso
Mbangiso ‘Baso’ Mabaso
Ian Mangenga & Sthandiwe Khumalo
Ian Xoli Mangenga
Ian Mangenga & Sthandiwe Khumalo
Sithandiwe Khumalo
Matthew Edwards and Xzavier Kunene
Matthew Edwards
Matthew Edwards and Xzavier Kunene
Xzavier Zulu
Tamzyn Botha & Tinyiko Makwakwa
Tamzyn Botha
Tamzyn Botha & Tinyiko Makwakwa
Tinyiko Makwakwa
Kym Fiala and Ntando Ngwenya
Kym Sylvan Fiala
Kym Fiala and Ntando Ngwenya
Ntando Ngwenya

Design Futures Talks available to the Public 

This creative economy project offers  content creators an opportunity to develop experiential, provocative and immersive digital narratives about sustainable fashion and design. We have ensured that creators, tinkers and thinkers have access to this opportunity by offering audiences the talks and Twyg’s sustainable fashion workshops online, access the Twyg school here.

2022 Design Futures Lab

Implementing Sustainability in XR Talk was live on Wednesday 23 March 2022 from 2PM - 3PM SAST

Sabinna Rachimova
Founder of SABINNA // Lecturer // Consultant
Sabinna Rachimova discusses how she implements sustainability in her business and covers the immersive projects she has done in the past years, including the 'Fabric Of Reality' an immersive fashion experience that brings together innovative fashion designers and the world’s leading XR artists. 
2022 Design Futures Lab

Digital Fashion Praxis for an XR Future talk was live on Thursday 24 March from 9AM - 10AM SAST

Nirma Madhoo
Fashion Filmmaker // XR Creator
Nirma Madhoo introduces her practice as a Fashion Image Maker. With her background as a fashion designer, Nirma also explores digital fashion design platforms for completely digital fashion, for non-narrative fashion film and real-time VR metaversal contexts.
2022 Design Futures Lab

Envision and Materialise your own Digital IdentityTalk was live on Thursday 24 March from 6PM - 7PM SAST

Violeta Ayala
Award-winning Filmmaker, Technologist, Writer, and Artist
Violeta Ayala finds a balance between virtual and physical reality, discusses her fight against visual standardization, speaks to the overlapping between the physical world and the metaverse; and how this will allow us to modify our environments in real time. Violeta wants to create fairer forms of ownership within the emerging digital economies and to experiment with how to develop the social capabilities of avatars to explore the depths of augmented reality. She will touch on these issues that will inevitably arise during the production of digital experiences, either film or fashion and involve more than just content creation; it will encompass development of culture through 3D, sound design, motion capture, and real time user interaction in virtual worlds. “We should be envisioning and materialising our evolving digital identities instead of letting tech corporations determine them.” - Violeta Ayala.  

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