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.
Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.