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.

brick steps leading to entrance

The question “Who is Nature?” implies the natural environment’s vital capacity for agency and interaction. Around the world this vision of nature is shared by First Nation communities who have developed sophisticated mechanisms of give-and-take with lakes, plants, landscapes, and other natural phenomena. Nature is not viewed as a resource to be owned or extracted but rather as a living entity to respect and engage in dialogue.

Produced in collaboration with Suns of Mercury and Harmonic Whale, the film invites viewers to visit a Mayan sacred cenote lake and reserve in Mexico’s Yucat√°n peninsula, a medicinal forest in Havana, the Afrekete Afro-Cuban festival on Australia’s Gold Coast, and the landscape of Western Australia as it is sculpted by the Nanda Dreamtime serpent Beemarra. Interactive buttons within these scenes trigger interviews with elders and specialists, alongside texts to illuminate their histories and cultures.

Explore the 360 scenes by holding down your mouse, touchpad, or finger while scrolling in any direction. A VR headset version is currently in production, so watch this space.

How to watch “Who is Nature?”

You can stream the immersive experience on any device, but for best performance we recommend downloading it. For an Android device (phone / tablet) or a computer (Mac / Windows) follow these simple steps:

  1. In a Google Chrome browser, open http://go.unimelb.edu.au/86zr
  2. Click the ‘download the file’ option at the top of the screen. If prompted, click ‘yes’ to approve storing the file on your computer
  3. The file is approximately 2 gigabytes in size and may take some time to download, so set your device to remain ‘awake’
  4. Chrome will create an app called “Who is Nature” on your homescreen (Android device) or in the “apps” tab of your Chrome browser (computer). Open the “Who is Nature” app, connect headphones, and enjoy the experience

To delete the file simply open the app and select “Delete” at the top of the screen.

Project details

Project team

Professor Adrian Hearn
Dr Steve Kelly

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

Project partners

Cuban Heritage

afrekete logo

suns of mercury

harmonic whale

council on australia latin american relations logo

Contact

Professor Adrian Hearn

Acknowledgements

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.