Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth portrait

Lynette Wallworth is an internationally acclaimed artist and director whose immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world, as well as explore fragile human states of grace. In 2017 she won the Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches – Documentary at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for her groundbreaking VR film Collisions.

Collisions, is an internationally acclaimed virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. Wallworth was the inaugural artist selected to participate in the Sundance Institute New Frontier | Jaunt VR Residency Program, and Collisions is the result of that collaboration. Wallworth is currently an artist-in-residence at the Technicolor Experience Center in Los Angeles, developing a Mixed Reality artwork.

Wallworth’s work uses immersive environments, interactive technologies with gestural interfaces and narrative long form film to engage with viewers. The environments often rely on activation by the participant/viewer. The activation of the work becomes a metaphor for our connectedness within biological, social and ecological systems.

Often engaged with emerging technologies, Wallworth has previously exhibited her works—interactive installation Evolution of Fearlessness, a moving portrait of 11 women who lived beyond the state of fear (many of them political prisoners and survivors of war and trauma), and the full dome feature Coral: Rekindling Venus, which has an accompanying augmented reality poster collection—at the Sundance Film Festival, New Frontier.

Wallworth’s 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.

Wallworth mentors regularly in visual and interactive story telling at labs such as BAVC Producers Institute, Sundance New Frontiers Lab, Sundance at Skoll World Entrepreneurs Forum, Hive Lab and at AFTRS Masters of Screen Arts.

Wallworth’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian, Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others as well as various film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival.