From Emmy Award-winning director and recent World Economic 2020 Crystal Award recipient Lynette Wallworth, Awavena is a stunning tale of metamorphosis told through cutting edge XR technology at the Art Gallery of WA.
The mixed-reality work is a collaboration between an artist and a community, 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. It is an unmissable experience and a gift from the Yawanawa at a time of peril for their people. They hope our experience of Awavena will shift our consciousness and change the way we perceive the world, reflecting more deeply about the decisions we make.
For the Amazonian Yawanawa people, ‘medicine’ has the power to take you inside a vision to a place you have never been. By working with Australian artist Lynette Wallworth, Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa is able to use VR technology to open a portal to another way of knowing.
The work first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, 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, (2016).
Presented in association with Perth Festival Supported by AGWA Principal Partner and Perth Festival Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts Image credit - Hushahu looks at dailies in a cardboard VR headset. Photo by Greg Downing.
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth WA 6000
- Awavena is free, but bookings are required. Bookings can be made for 2 people, however this is an individual experience.
- Before booking you must read the VR Health and Safety notice on the AGWA website.
- Awavena - Lynette Wallworth is not recommended for children under the age of 13. If a child under 13 wishes to attend a session, they must have a guardian companion.
- The experience is in two parts:
- Part 1 runs for 17 minutes and is a seated experience.
- Part 2 runs for 6 minutes and is an active experience.
- In total, allow 45 minutes for the experience.
- Please arrive at the Art Gallery of Western Australia Information Desk ten minutes before your booked session. Latecomers will forfeit their booking. If you have made a booking and you are no longer able to attend, please call us on +61 8 9492 6601 to release your ticket.