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Collisions: A Virtual Reality Film Experience

  • Lighthouse 28 Kensington Street Brighton, England, BN1 4AJ United Kingdom (map)

'A milestone production' – The Guardian

Collisions, by acclaimed Australian artist and director Lynette Wallworth, masterfully tells a story we urgently need to hear, and highlights our inability to imagine the unintended consequences of our actions.

In the 1950s, with no context, no understanding, Nyarri Morgan witnessed an atomic test in South Australia’s Maralinga Desert, whilst moving through a trade route. In this thought-provoking, intimate, virtual reality film experience, Nyarri, now a Martu Elder, reflects on his first contact with the West, and shares his perspective on the Martu way of caring for the planet.

“I first heard of Nyarri’s story on a hunting trip with the Martu women painters in the Western Desert. Hearing that I had been to Maralinga where Britain tested atomic bombs in the 1950’s, Nyarri’s wife Nola turned to me with what felt like an instruction... ‘You have to talk to Nyarri’.

“VR will soon hit in a big way, very possibly to become ubiquitous. In the window of time that exists before then I wanted to make a work that has protocols of meeting at its core. Nyarri’s world is only available to me to visit, and in this work, through the technology, that invitation is extended to the viewer.

“The powerful sense of presence of VR makes everything personal. Nyarri knew who it was he was speaking to. So this work is something of a gift sent out from a private world. It contains an old story, held close till now. It is a technological message in a bottle to a world that teeters on the edge of climate catastrophe, but it is a message shared with a fundamental hope in our capacity to contemplate more carefully the consequences of our actions.” – Lynette Wallworth

Collisions is Wallworth’s third work with the Martu people. It is narrated by Wallworth and Nyarri Morgan’s grandson Curtis Taylor. We are reminded that everything we are about to see is what Nyarri Morgan wants to show us. “He has,” Wallworth informs us, “a story he wants to share.”

Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth uses immersive environments, interactive technologies and narrative long form film to explore fragile human states of grace.

She is the first artist ever selected for the Sundance Institute New Frontier/Jaunt VR Residency Program. The ground-breaking project Collisions, supported by the Adelaide Film Festival, premiered in January 2017 at the World Economic Forum, Davos, where Wallworth regularly attends as a Cultural Leader, followed by the Sundance Film Festival. Her documentary film Tender won an AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) for best televised documentary and was nominated for a Grierson Award in the UK. In 2016 Wallworth was awarded the inaugural Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence and Foreign Policy magazine named her as one of the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’ of the year.

Her work has been shown at arts venues around the world, including at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian, Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Auckland Triennial, among many others, as well as at various international film festivals including the Brighton Festival, Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival. 


Date: Saturday 6 May – Sunday 28 May 2017 (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Wednesday – Friday, bookable slots between 5.30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday – Sunday, bookable slots between 2.30pm – 6.15pm

Venue: Lighthouse

Tickets: £5. Available through Brighton Festival. Max 12 ticket holders per screening. Advance booking only. Duration 20 minutes. Age 12+.

More Details:

Earlier Event: May 6
Artists Open Houses 2017
Later Event: May 6
Brighton Festival 2017