Emmy award-winning VR filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth has a deep interest in end-of-life rituals and how cultural differences reflect our understanding...

Dying Well with Lynette Wallworth

Location:

The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Vivid Ideas Exchange - UTS, The Great Hall
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From: $25.00
Dying Well
Dying Well

Featuring

Chris Kerr

Chris Kerr

Christopher Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Chris earned his MD as well as a PhD in Neurobiology. Outside of direct patient care, Chris’ focus is in the area of patient advocacy. His passion is palliative care and a belief that such care should be throughout the continuum of illness. Under Dr. Kerr’s medical leadership, Hospice Buffalo now serves 1,100 patients a day, half of whom receive services prior to hospice.
Dr. Kerr’s background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning, as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated. To date, the research team at Hospice Buffalo has published multiple studies on this topic and documented over 1,500 end-of-life events, many of which are videotaped. This work was the subject of his TEDx Buffalo Talk which has been viewed over 4.5 million times. It has been the subject of reports on The BBC, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American Mind, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. It is also featured in a recent docu-series on Netflix called Surviving Death and a PBS World Channel Documentary called Death Is but A Dream. Dr. Kerr’s work has also been published in a book (Death Is but A Dream) by Penguin Random House which was released in 2020 in multiple languages. 
You can learn more about Dr Kerr and the work of his team at www.drchristopherkerr.com.

Justin Dwyer

Justin Dwyer

Justin Dwyer works as a Psychiatrist, and is Medical Director of Psychosocial Cancer Care at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. His team works creatively with families at the end-of-life to sustain meaning and connection, and are led by patient’s stories in their clinical work, research and outside collaborations.

Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth

Artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness; DOMIE Award-winning full-dome feature Coral, AACTA Award-winning documentary Tender, the Emmy® Award-winning virtual reality narrative Collisions and XR work Awavena which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2018 and in September 2020 garnered Lynette her 2nd Emmy® Award for Outstanding New Approaches in Documentary. She has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence, and in 2016 was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She directs the New Narratives Lab for the World Economic Forum to generate opportunities for under-represented voices.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and she sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Access and Inclusion

  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Companion Card Acceptance - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
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  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

Emmy award-winning VR filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth has a deep interest in end-of-life rituals and how cultural differences reflect our understanding of what happens at end of life.

Join Lynette as she speaks with two remarkable doctors, both of whom guide those at the gateway of death. Their creative approaches are re-shaping our relationship with death and offer hope for dying well.

Dr Justin Dwyer is one of the lead doctors in St Vincent’s Melbourne's world-first psilocybin trial for palliative care patients. As Medical Director of Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's he and Lynette collaborated on a pilot project to connect patients with their loved ones during lock down and isolation through bespoke VR experiences.

Dr Chris Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo, NY. His book Death is but a Dream describes his astounding research into the dreams of dying patients. Chris’ Tedx Buffalo talk on the subject has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.

Lynette has a long track record working with communities that openly embrace spirituality, consciousness, and end-of-life rituals. Her documentary Tender followed the creation of a community funeral home. She also collaborated with the Yawanawa to tell the story of Hushuhu, the first female shaman of the Amazonian tribe, to share their 'medicine' through VR – helping to open a portal to another way of knowing.

In addition to her award-winning films, documentaries and installations, Lynette is a pioneer in innovation and recognised as a global leader and storyteller. She directs the New Narratives Lab for the World Economic Forum to generate opportunities for under-represented voices. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality, and she sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.

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Access and Inclusion

  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Companion Card Acceptance - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Hearing Loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

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