Azibuye – The Occupation: Working in VR/360° video

Dylan Valley - Electric South

  • Format: Webinar/Workshop
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • When: 30/06/2020 2:00 pm
  • Recorded: Yes

This workshop is led by Dylan Valley, an alumni of the New Dimensions Lab, an annual residential training lab run by Electric South that brings together a diverse group of African artists to develop stories through creative technologies alongside leading industry mentors in the XR community. Azibuye – The Occupation, Dylan’s project from the 2018 lab, was the first South African VR/360 work to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He talks about the process of adapting one’s story to suit the 360 video format, challenges and possibilities to expect when working in VR and key takeaways from the Sundance New Frontier showcase.

Electric South is an NPO that provides 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. It holds that new technologies must open up spaces for original voices and underrepresented narratives, and its role is to support the first wave of African creators of immersive, interactive stories through training, production and distribution.

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Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.


Presenter: Dylan Valley (Director of Azibuye – The Occupation)


Dylan Valley is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He is currently a lecturer at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, and a PhD student in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In 2013, he received a Pulitzer Fellowship from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he received his Masters in Specialised Journalism. At USC he completed his thesis documentary on the ground-breaking web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae. In January 2020, his virtual reality documentary Azibuye – The Occupation premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontiers programme.

Dylan has directed various documentaries for South African and international television, namely the award winning Afrikaaps (2010), The Uprising of Hangberg (2010), Jumu’a (2011) and Incarcerated Knowledge (2013). He has also directed two documentary films for Al Jazeera’s Arabic Documentary Channel.

Dylan spent a year as a commissioning editor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. He is on the editorial board of the critical Pan-African arts, politics and culture blog, Africa Is a Country. He has published in The Journal of South African and American Studies (SAFUNDI) as well as the online arts journal, Ellipses.

He is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity (2019-2020) and a New Generation of Academics Program (nGAP) recipient. His PhD research explores how the internet is shaping new methods of filmmaking on the African continent, and in the diaspora.