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Awavena – Lynette Wallworth

BY Art Gallery of WA | 15-Jan-2020
From Emmy Award-winning director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, Awavena is a stunning tale of metamorphosis told through cutting edge VR and AR technology. @artgallerywa #artgallerywa #seethingsdifferently #perthfest #awavena
Venue: Art Gallery of WA
Address: Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia
Date: 7 February – 2 March 2020
Time: 10am-5pm, Wed - Mon (closed Tue)
Ticket: FREE, bookings essential
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Hushahu looks at dailies in a cardboard VR headset. Photo by Greg Downing.
For the Amazonian Yawanawa people, ‘medicine’ has the power to take you inside a vision to a place you have never been. By collaborating with Australian artist Lynette Wallworth, Hushuhu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa, uses VR to open a portal to another way of knowing.

Using technology that the Yawanawa feel enables them to share their story and visions, this immersive work takes you on a virtual journey into the spirit world, capturing fluorescent specimens from the forest world to create a vivid, luminous vision.

Awavena is a collaboration between an artist and a community, melding technology and transcendental experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction. It is an unmissable experience and a gift from the Yawanawa at a time of peril that they hope will shift our consciousness and change the way we perceive the world and the decisions we make.

The work first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the 2018 Venice International Film Festival. It is the second in a series of mixed-reality works by Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, following on from their Emmy Award-winning VR film Collisions.

This experience is FREE, but bookings are essential.

Presented in association with Perth Festival

Supported by AGWA Principal Partner and Perth Festival Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts