Like a painting by a Dutch master reminding us that life is temporary, Vanitas is never quite what it seems. It begins with an ominous bouquet of flowers and ends with a rendezvous at the centre of the cemetery where secrets are revealed to those who seek an answer.

Blurring documentary with fiction, Vanitas is a reflective thriller about life’s great mystery: death. Experience it through your own smartphone and decrypt it through the secret language of flowers.

Follow the narrators as they move across the city tracking down the experts and evidence needed to fill the void at the centre of their inquiry. Each step forward brings them a little closer to the past. Yet they are only one step ahead of you.

Vanitas stretches across the glass of your phone, up your finger, through your body and out into the world. You can sit back and listen, or take it for a walk through the cemetery. The problem is knowing where the edges are, where Vanitas ends and the real world begins.


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Melbourne General Cemetery

20 & 21 May 2017

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Created by Robert Walton and Jason Maling

Narrated by Jason Maling and Robert Walton
Interaction Design and Programming: Chris Heywood
Sound design and editing: Rob Jordan
Graphic Design: Supernaut

Vanitas is part of In Your Hands, commissioned by Arts House andthe Australia Council for the Arts through its New Digital Theatre Initiative.


There are always flowers for those that want to see them


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Begin your journey at The Main Gate of Melbourne General Cemetery.

Make sure you book in advance.

Please send your questions and comments to us, we’d love to hear your experience of Vanitas. Use the form HERE to contact the team.


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Technical Requirements Checklist

To experience Vanitas you will need:

Your own Apple or Android smartphone* with an internet connection,
Your own headphones,
An Australian mobile telephone number,
An email address,
A coat or umbrella in case of rain,
To download the App from App Store or Google Play.

*iPhone 4S or higher with up to date installation of iOS OR Android 4 or higher. Sadly at this stage we are not able to support Windows phones.


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