Who is Nature?
Our 360-degrees interactive film invites you on a journey to five Latin American and Australian sites of ceremonial exchange with nature.
During 2019-2020 I visited sacred sites in Mexico, Cuba, and Australia. During these encounters I asked community leaders “what does nature mean to you?” While their responses varied, all described nature not a resource to be extracted but rather as a living entity to engage in a relationship. Nature is not a “what” but a “who.”
Produced in collaboration with Suns of Mercury and Harmonic Whale, the film brings viewers on an interactive virtual tour. Among the destinations is a Mayan sacred cenote lake in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, a medicinal forest in Havana, and the landscape of Western Australia as it is sculpted by the Aboriginal Dreamtime serpent Beemarra. Hotspot buttons within these scenes trigger interviews with community elders, together with maps and texts to illuminate their histories and cultures. These insights provoke reflection on a fundamental question: “Who is Nature?”
Explore the 360 scenes by holding down your mouse, touchpad, or finger while scrolling in any direction.
Watch in medium resolution on any flatscreen device.
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Experience “Who is Nature?” on the VeeR Virtual Reality app
Tip: you can download the film using your Chrome browser and view it later offline.
“Who is Nature?” and “I Am Ashé” projects
Watch Professor Hearn’s introduction in Spanish (English subtitles) to the “Who is Nature?” and “I Am Ashé” projects for the Cuban embassy, Australia.
“Who is Nature?” webinar
Watch the webinar hosted by the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, presented by Professor Adrian Hearn, Dr Steve Kelly, Adrian Medina and Uncle Dave Wandin.
“Who is Nature?”: Ancient traditions meet virtual reality
Go behind the scenes with the film’s creators in this feature by Latin Stories Australia.
“Who is Nature?”
A new film taps into virtual reality and First Nations wisdom to help people re-conceive of the nature around them, not as a thing but as a “who” in a relationship that needs give and take. Read more on Pursuit.
Thomas Keep, Digital Studio intern
Auryn Rotten and Luis Gaitan, Learning Environments
Mitch Buzza and Sam Taylor, eTeaching/eLearning Team
Daniel Jauregui and Leonard Barker, Harmonic Whale Studio
Victor Holder, VH Animations
This project was funded in part by the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR), a branch of the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
We thank Birrarrung at Merri Creek, who inspired this project, and the Wurundjeri people and lands where it was produced.