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LFF Connects Art/Immersive Film

Lynette Wallworth

A trailblazer in the field of immersive film, the Australian artist presents her first foray into virtual reality, the dazzling, devastating Collisions.

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We are delighted to welcome the brilliant Australian artist and director Lynette Wallworth to talk about her trailblazing career in the field of immersive film and how she is using technology to make art. Lynette has made her name using film, augmented reality and immersive technology to tell stories which probe the impact of technology on our world and our morality. They include the interactive installation Evolution of Fearlessness in 2011, the interactive documentary-art hybrid Coral: Rekindling Venus in 2013, and the docu-drama Tender, which screened here at the LFF in 2014. Lynette’s latest work is the dazzling, devastating Collisions which marks her first foray into the brave new world of virtual reality. The 15-minute film re-enacts Aboriginal elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan’s witnessing of an atomic test in the Australian bush in the 1950s. He believed he was in the awful presence of a wrathful god. “I felt like VR was the technology I had been waiting for,” Lynette says of why she chose VR to tell Nyarri’s story. The film will be available to watch on VR headsets after the talk.

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