Electric South and the Goethe-Institut present New Dimensions – Virtual Reality Africa, a selection of Virtual Reality productions from Kenya, Senegal and Ghana. Each of the works offers a view of the vibrant, diverse and ever-changing cultural landscape of contemporary Africa. See them at the Fak’ugesi Festival’s Digital Africa Exhibition!
Included is the VR work “Spirit Robot” by Ghanaian science fiction author and founder of the Afrocyberpunk website Jonathan Dotse who explored the Chalewote Ghana Street Art Festival in Accra. The festival is driving an art renaissance in the city’s public spaces. Kenyan photographer Ng'endo Mukii Film and Art produced a poetic city symphony on Nairobi in the VR piece “Nairobi Berries”, consisting of her lyrical voice-over alongside surreal, layered images of the city. Her synopsis reads “In the empty spaces we cannot claim as our own, in forests full of smoke and beneath still waters, two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other’s core for fruits promised but only ever borne in dreams. For this is Nairobi, the city we call home.” Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane presents a magical 360 piece, in which a little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar. Kenyan The Nest Collective created an interactive work set in the distant future, when a group of Africans leave the Earth to create a new colony. New Dimensions – Virtual Reality Africa is presented by Electric South and the Goethe-Institut, supported by Big World Cinema, Blue Ice Docs and the Bertha Foundation.
More information on https://www.goethe.de/ins/za/en/kul/sup/new-dimensions.html.
Pictured: Still screen of "Let This Be A Warning" by The Nest Collective (Nairobi)