Deadline: October 30, 2022
Are you a creative technologist based in Southern or Eastern Africa? Are you interested in using extended reality (XR) technology like virtual reality or augmented reality to develop new narratives on World Heritage sites in Southern and Eastern Africa?
Electric South, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) invite you to apply and participate in the new World Heritage Futures Lab: Southern and Eastern Africa Edition.
The “World Heritage Futures Lab: Southern and Eastern Africa Edition” has been conceived as part of “The Next 50”, a year-long interdisciplinary reflection on the future of World Heritage organized in the context of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The aim of the project is to ensure an increased appreciation and understanding of the rich World Heritage in Southern and Eastern Africa. It will harness XR technology to develop and disseminate new narratives, and engage digital content and products on World Heritage sites in the two regions.
They are looking for creative technologists from each of the eligible countries: Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to participate in a 3-day ideas development Lab in Cape Town, South Africa, in December 2022. The creative technologists will work with community representatives living in and around World Heritage sites selected by Electric South and UNESCO.
The lab will enhance participant’s capacities in immersive digital technologies, key principles of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and interpretation of World Heritage values in Southern and Eastern Africa. The project will continue in 2023 to provide production funding and exhibition opportunities for innovative immersive media content around Southern and Eastern African World Heritage, subject to further funding.
- All flights, accommodation, meals, visa costs and ground transport costs are covered by the programme.
- Applicants must be citizens or residents of Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- They particularly encourage applicants from identities that have been historically under supported or underrepresented within the fields of heritage, art and technology to apply, including those who are disabled, women, youth, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and others.
Interested participants with the outlined qualifications should submit their application no later than Sunday, 30 October, 2022 by 23h59 SAST. All successful applicants will be notified by Friday, November 4, 2022.
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a physical/in person lab to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from Tuesday December 6 – Thursday December 8, 2022.
For more information, visit World Heritage Futures Lab.