Gondwana at Acmi
In 2019, Acmi was open for 24 hours each Thursday with round-the-clock screenings of Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking 24-hour installation The Clock, which sat somewhere between art and cinema. Now another large-scale, ultra-long screening is keeping the iconic museum open – for 48 straight hours.
Showing as part of Melbourne International Film Festival, Gondwana is an interactive virtual-reality installation based on more than 100 years of data from the Daintree in Far North Queensland, considered the second most irreplaceable natural World Heritage site, and which has a thriving ecosystem that’s threatened by the climate crisis.
Audiences can interact with the hyper-detailed installation, with lush ancient trees, rare animal species and vibrant flora. But every 14 minutes, the ecosystem jumps forward one year – heading towards what scientists expect the Daintree to be like in 2090. The more audiences interact with Gondwana, the more resilient the environment becomes: an obvious metaphor for climate action.
The installation starts at 12pm on August 18. The projection room is free to enter with no time limit, and booking a free ticket gives you 20 minutes in the VR headset. Gondwana can also be streamed at home if you have a Steam VR-compatible headset.