360 Video

  • Lynette Wallworth
  • Curtis Taylor
Keywords: collisions, interview, showcase


Collisions is a virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology. 65 years later Wallworth carried cutting edge video technology into the desert so Mr. Morgan could share his story. Reflecting on the event, in this most magical of immersive experiences, Nyarri offers to viewers his experience of the impact of destructive technology and the Martu perspective on caring for the planet for future generations. Through the use of the world’s most immersive technology in combination with artist Lynette Wallworth’s world-class storytelling, the audience of Collisions is invited to experience an understanding of long term decision making via one of the world’s oldest cultures.

Collisions premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos, and was awarded an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary’.

Author Biographies

Lynette Wallworth

Emmy award winning director Lynette Wallworth is an Australian filmmaker/artist who has consistently worked with emerging media technologies. The involvement of the viewer inside the work becomes a metaphor for our connectedness within biological, social and ecological systems. Wallworth’s works include the interactive video Evolution of Fearlessness; the award winning fulldome feature Coral, with its accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA award winning documentary Tender, the Emmy award winning virtual reality narrative Collisions which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos and her most recent work ‘Awavena’ which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Wallworth has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence, and in 2016 she was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Wallworths’ most recent works have been developed at the invitation of indigneous communities with an interest in new technologies to highlight environmental issues. Wallworth has been a frequent advisor to Sundance Institute Labs and is a newly invited member of the World Economic Forums' Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Curtis Taylor

Curtis Taylor is a filmmaker, screen artist and a young Martu leader. Growing up in the remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has gained both tradional Martu knowledge and a Western education. Curtis was the recipient of the 2011 Western Australian Youth Art Award and Wesfarmers Youth Scholarship and his screen work has been shown in international film festivals, including the 2012 Nepal International Indigenous Film Archive Festival. Curtis is currently undertaking film and media studies at Murdoch University in Perth.

How to Cite
Wallworth, Lynette, and Curtis Taylor. 2018. “Collisions: 360 Video”. In Decolonising the Digital: Technology As Cultural Practice, 84-109. Sydney: Tactical Space Lab.
Showcases and Interviews