2023 marked the 6th edition of the New Dimensions Lab, hosted at FarmHouse 58 in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. The Lab brought together diverse African artists to develop stories through creative technology alongside industry mentors. Over a week at a private retreat, artists engaged in discussions, masterclasses, and workshopped projects while immersing themselves in Responsible AI for African Artists talks. With over 200 applications, twelve creatives from Ghana, Egypt, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, and Benin were selected.
Democratizing the space begins with giving artists the tools to create the content they want. Since our first Oculus-sponsored giveaway in 2019, Electric South realized this was vital for artists joining the XR community from the African continent. In commitment to supporting the ecosystem, we continued this tradition, providing each of the 12 participants an Oculus Quest to ensure ongoing access to XR materials and connection to the XR community via platforms like VRChat.