GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition | SA Museum | 9 Dec 2023 – 17 Mar 2024

Be transported to the 180-million-year-old Daintree rainforest – a wild and ancient place on the cusp of extraordinary change – at GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition.

A world-first multi-sensory installation distilling 100 years of climate data into a single day, this unique meditation on one of Australia’s richest ecosystems invites visitors to become lost in an evocative tribute to its lush foliage, light-streaked canopies, and forest floor teeming with life.

Fresh from screenings at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, co-creators Ben Joseph Andrews and Emma Roberts’ have developed a unique open-play environment inspired by five months of research spent off-grid and on the ground in the World Heritage-listed Daintree and surrounding Wet Tropics.

GONDWANA VR can be experienced through VR headsets that transport the user into an interactive digital forest, where you’ll encounter weather, seasons and biodiversity shifts as you navigate a vast map of ancient trees, rugged mountains, and idyllic beaches populated by rare birdlife.

With twin-tier ticketing, you can choose to slip on the VR headset and roam the digital forest, or simply explore the physical exhibition space – a tranquil experiment in multi-sensory place-making that expands the VR experience out of the headset with projection, lighting, and cinematic sound.

With each cycle showing different possible futures for the forest informed by climate projections up to the year 2090, visitors are drawn into a broader narrative that stirs below: the forest is deteriorating, and whether it survives or thrives hinges on how we interact with it. Do we ignore the effects of global heating on this haven of biodiversity, and let it bleach and wither? Or do we recognize the huge impacts our actions can have on our most irreplaceable ecological treasures?

Tickets:

General admission:

  • VR headset and exhibition: $15 (online presale), $17 (at the door)
  • Exhibition: $5 (online presale), $7 (at the door)

Museum Members:

  • VR headset and exhibition: $10
  • Exhibition: FREE

Concession/Student/Child 5-12 years:

  • VR headset and exhibition: $13 (online presale), $15 (at the door)
  • Exhibition only: $3 (online presale), $5 (at the door)

Children under 5 FREE (exhibition only – VR headsets only suitable for ages 5+)

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Adelaide Festival | 8 – 10 Mar 2024

GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition will be open for 48 continuous hours in an epic weekend as part of the 2024 Adelaide Festival program.

From 5pm Friday 8 March to 5pm Sunday 10 March, visitors will be able to roam the digital forest at all hours of the day and night by slipping on a VR headset, or exploring an immersive installation that expands the rainforest beyond the goggles through projection, lighting, cinematic sound, and pieces from the Museum’s historic Natural Science collections.

Across this marathon 48-hour event the Museum will also host a rolling program of free and ticketed family-friendly events, from meditation and yoga sessions to live music, film screenings, storytime, hands-on workshops, and floor talks from speakers including GONDWANA VR creators Ben Joseph Andrews and Emma Roberts, and South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA Museum website

What: GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition

When:  9 December 2023 – 17 March 2024 | 10am-5pm daily

Where:   SA Museum | North Terrace, Adelaide

Who:   VR only for ages 5+, exhibition for all ages

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