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Awavena February 23 - March 2, 2020

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Art Gallery of WA

Perth Cultural Centre

Perth, WA 6000

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Awavena – Lynette Wallworth

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.

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 true story with all the power of myth. It tells the story of Hushahu, the first woman Shaman of the Yawanawa, and of the radical reconfiguring of gender relations that takes place following her induction, by the tribe’s spiritual leader Tata, into the Yawanawa spiritual traditions.”
Lynette Wallworth

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.

Visit awavenavr.com for more insight into this award-winning work.

Presented in association with Perth Festival

About the experience
• Awavena is free, but bookings are required. Bookings can be made for 2 people, however this is an individual experience.
• 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.


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Hushahu on the bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. Production still from "Awavena."

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