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 judge two friends as they try to make sense of the past with traces of 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.
45 minutes | 6 episodes | 24 pathways
Somewhere near the dead 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.
We are delighted with our new trailer for Vanitas. Shot and edited by Tim Phillips. Sound design by Robert Jordan. Shot...
Delighted that 126 people came out to participate in the first outing of Vanitas at Melbourne General Cemetery this weekend. Keep...
In this article for Precinct, Robert Walton introduces Vanitas’ first outing at Melbourne General Cemetery 19-21 May 2017. Click here to...
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Vanitas Creators Robert Walton and Jason Maling
Interaction Design and Programming Chris Heywood
Sound Design Rob Jordan
Graphic Design Paul Ducco at Supernaut
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.