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World Heritage Futures Lab: Southern and Eastern Africa Edition 2022

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Deadline: 30th October 2022

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? If yes then, 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 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 participants’ capacities in immersive digital technologies, key principles of UNESCO 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.

Benefit
  • All flights, accommodation, meals, visa costs and ground transport costs covered by the programme.

Eligibility

  • 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 historically under supported or underrepresented within the fields of heritage, art and technology to apply, including those disabled, women, youth, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and others.
  • looking for creative technologists from each of the eligible countries.
  • In particular they are looking for creative technologists, immersive media artists and/or developers who have experience using and creating extended reality (XR) projects that utilise the medium for innovative and creative storytelling.
Selection
  • Applicants selected based on their creative and digital skills, as well as their commitment to explore and develop new narratives about Southern and Eastern African World Heritage through immersive technologies.
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday, November 4th, 2022.
  • Successful applicants expected to participate in a residential lab to in Cape Town, South Africa, from Tuesday December 6 — Thursday December 8, 2022.

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