Hidden in plain sight at the centre of a 300 year old painting lurks a mysterious void that promises oblivion to those who stare too intently. Download Vanitas now to inspect the evidence for yourself, listen to the experts and make sense of the past with its traces in the present.
Vanitas mixes podcast-style listening with beautiful visual materials to create an experience that is part documentary, part fantasy. Just like real life there is no narrator, so it is up to you to pull fact from fiction as the world unfurls before your senses.
70 minutes | 6 episodes | 24 pathways
Somewhere near the centre of the cemetery a woman waits with a promise to explain the meaning of a mysterious flower delivery. The trouble is finding her as you pick your way amongst the graves, alone.
Vanitas is an opportunity to spend some time alone in the presence of strangers both living and dead. More than an app, Vanitas stretches from its recorded voices, original composition and images, out into your smartphone, the cemetery around you and into your life.
Warning: Contains adult themes including discussion of death, burial and cremation procesess. Involves moving alone through cemetery for approximately 60 minutes.
60-70 minutes | 11 episodes | 216 pathways
After the final episode concluded I continued to wander and explore a little longer... you had given me much to think about and reflect on. When I got home I listened again (several times) to all the episodes in the app. A fascinating journey you have taken us on!
I thought Vanitas was fantastic. A beautifully crafted set of narratives. Funny, well resolved and highly educational. It took me to some amazing places...
Thank you for an incredibly real and beautiful work - it was unlike anything I have ever experienced before and I was completely taken with it. The detail in the different layers that made up the experience was exquisite.
Vanitas was wonderful. Intriguing, moving, fascinating. I spent 2 hours and wanted more....Thanks creators. You have made a beautiful thing.
A fascinating exploration of death, presented in such a unique way. Thanks for the experience and the contemplation.
Immersive and intriguing as the first Chapter was, the cemetary session was a special gift, leading me - and deceiving me - to a still point from which to observe and ponder the turning world.
That was one of the most amazing immersive experiences that I have ever participated in. It is sure to be the highlight of the Melbourne Writers Festival for me!
Walking through Melbourne Cemetery this morning, all my senses tickled and turned. There was a moment when the flowers were moving in accordance to your music! It was very special, thank you for closing the gap between life and death.
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Webbys are the ‘oscars of the internet’ and our tiny team is over the moon to be nominated – it means...
Mobile Sites & Apps – Art & Experimental Category 2018
Webbys are the ‘oscars of the internet’ and our tiny team was thoroughly chuffed to be nominated – it means Vanitas is one of the five best projects in the world for our category.
Vanitas was the only artwork and only Australian team nominated in our category.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for the nomination.
Interaction Design and Programming Chris Heywood
Sound Design and Composition Rob Jordan
Graphic Design Paul Ducco at Supernaut
Producer Ryan Galbraith
Roger Spencer Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Margaret Stones and Irena Zdanowicz
Elly Carroll Artist and Florist
Will Babbington, Dr Celestina Sagazio and Chris Gelley The Southern Melbourne Cemeteries Trust
Everyone who volunteered for test audiences.
Vanitas is part of In Your Hands, commissioned by Arts House and the Australia Council for the Arts through the New Digital Theatre Initiative.
Nominees like Robert Walton and Jason Maling (Vanitas) are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the over 13,000 entries we received this year.
– Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards
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