From legendary artist/director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, “Awavena” is a stunning tale of metamorphosis, and the second in a series of mixed-reality works by Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, following their Emmy-winning VR film “Collisions.”
For the Amazonian Yawanawa, ‘medicine’ has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. 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.
AWAVENA is made at the invitation of, and in intimate collaboration with, the Yawanawa people during a time of both peril and potential for people, their forest, and the connected ecosystems that drive the planet. The film aims not to provoke empathy for the Yawanawa people but is rather a gift from them, to those who will virtually visit their forest and receive this transmission — a gift that can shift our consciousness, changing the way we perceive the world and the decisions we make.
The Cosmic Collection is housed at Quartz, a custom designed crystal gallery, exhibition and events space upstairs at Mercato on Byron.
Conceived by owner Kristy Meade and Quartz Events Producer Jamie Hunter, and brought to life by the innovative designer Antony Gibbon, the interior of Quartz embodies a merging of light and dark, the cosmic and the earth-bound.
Inspired by nature and geometry, Antony’s unique and contemporary design contrasts dark Australian timbers and exposed industrial metal, giving the pieces on display a striking backdrop.