Collisions

Part of the Field of View Series

Sunday, October 8, 2017 • 11:00 a.m., Noon, and 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery, Black Box

Included with museum admission, but a reservation is required.

Ages 13+

Note: Capacity for each screening is extremely limited. You can purchase your ticket and reserve a seat for Collisions by selecting your preferred date and time here.


Collisions, directed by artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, is a poetic virtual reality (VR) journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960s. Nyarri's first contact with Western culture came in the 1950s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology when he witnessed firsthand, and with no context, an atomic test. Nyarri offers a view to what he saw and, reflecting on this extraordinary event, shares his perspective on the Martu way of caring for the planet. Through the use of immersive VR technology in combination with Wallworth’s world‐class storytelling, Collisions invites participants to experience an alternative understanding of long‐term decision-making through the perspective of one of the world’s oldest cultures. Rooted in tradition and historical context, the story shared in Collisions is one of deep urgency as we struggle to develop a meaningful response to the human‐induced climate change of our shared planet.

Collisions was produced by four-time Emmy nominee Nicole Newnham, a Bay Area–based producer and documentarian.

Lynette Wallworth is an acclaimed Australian artist and director whose immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world, and explore fragile human states of grace. Her work uses immersive environments, interactive technologies, and narrative long-form film to engage viewers. She often pursues stories with emerging technologies. Previous work includes the interactive installation Evolution of Fearlessness, a moving portrait of 11 women who lived beyond the state of fear, and the fulldome feature Coral: Rekindling Venus, which has an accompanying augmented reality poster collection. Her work has shown at the World Economic Forum; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the Smithsonian; and many film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival. Foreign Policy magazine named Wallworth one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers of the year.”

Read Wallworth’s Artist Statement for Collisions here.

Photo © Piers Mussared.