Collisions and Awavena
April 14, 2019
April 13, 2019
Lobby, Lenfest Center for the Arts
(Final showings at 5:40 pm)
Nyarri reclining. Photo Credit: Piers Mussared
Hushahu on the bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. Production still from Awavena.
Columbia University School of the Arts presents screenings of Australian filmmaker Lynette Wallworth's virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) films Collisions and Awavena.
Collisions (15 minutes) is a "virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960’s. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology, when he witnessed first hand and with no context, an atomic test. Nyarri offers us a view to what he saw, and, reflecting on this extraordinary event, shares his perspective on the Martu way to care for the planet."
Made at the invitation of the Amazonian Yawanawa, Awavena (18 minutes) uses virtual reality and augmented-reality technologies to present "fluorescent and bioluminescent specimens in previously unseen colors from the forest world, to create a vivid, luminous vision...Hushuhu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa, uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction."
Free and open to the public. Viewing stations are first come, first served.
Lynette Wallworth will deliver a lecture on Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm, in the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts.