Laugh in the face of death. Stare into the eyes of a stranger. 'We’re All Going To Die Festival’ was an amusement park for the souls of 1400 Sydney-siders. Collaborating with a renowned team of local and international artists in large labyrinth warehouse spaces, the festival held: panel discussion on fear and death, judgement baths, interactive installations, eye-gazing, secret dance experiences, a mini film-festival, and a death meditation. Thanks to mind-blowing donations to our Kickstarter campaign the festival premiered 17 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia at COMMUNE, Waterloo.
THE LINE UP
Shying away from the 'life's short' cliches, we asked participants to stand in the presence of the rainbow hearse and listen to your soul’s desires.
Created by Stefan Hunt
WHAT WOULD YOUR TOMBSTONE SAY?
We asked 20 international and local artists to reflect upon what it means to leave a legacy on your own terms in the form of a tombstone.
Artists - Ozzie Wright, Mia Taninaka, Land Boys, Otis Carey, Nadia Hernandez, Ben Brown, Georgia Hill, Nathanial Russell, Rad Dan, Simon Perini, Jake Donlen, Jim Mitchell, Chris Hope, Shaun Gonzalez, Matt Waters, Vinnie Valdez, Ornamental Confider, Hugo Mecke, Holly Greenwood, Jody Barton
In response to VR, Stefan Hunt has created groundbreaking technology - The Reality Headset. We go off-screen and step out of the fantastical digital universe and hit the R-Headset's mindreader button, which has the power to delve deep into your internal monologue.
Writers: Danny Johnson, Emele Ugavule, Vaughan Blakey, Elfy Scott
Designed by Stefan Hunt & Ruby Mathers
WHAT DO YOU FEAR MOST?
A collaborative community based art piece where fears are shared anonymously and turned into an artwork launching at the festival. We all have fears and the sooner we realise this, the less we feel alone.
Submit your fear HERE
Animator / Designer - Ralph Matthews
Would you show the world your bedroom moves? Groove Therapy, in partnership with Retrosweat, explored our fear of judgement and the solace we seek within the privacy of our bedrooms. A series of short five minute performance works invited participants to explore their childhood nostalgia in a bedroom installation whilst performers rotate through the space. Weird? We don’t care what you think.
Groove Therapy X Retrosweat
TELL YOUR FRIENDS YOU LOVE THEM
Have you ever experienced the loss of a loved one? The TYFYLT is a riotous movement in Melbourne that was born from the heartbreaking and sudden loss of a mate within a friendship group. The premise was a simple one: take a photo booth and encourage gratitude and empathy for our friends while we’re here on earth.
Created by Sarah O-Brien and Matt O-Brien
The 30 minute mini-film festival was the world-premier of ten short films by an award-winning list of international directors. Other than a word, each director had an open directive to tell their story. Stefan Hunt’s film, We’re All Going To Die, is an adaptation from the illustrated book of the same name in which a man has a conversation with death.
- Failure Directed by Smirit Keshari, New York
- Judgement Directed by Lincoln Caplice, Sydney
- Fear Directed by Genevieve Bailey
- Pride Directed by Stefan Jose
- Unknown Directed by Meredith, Los Angeles
- Doubt Directed by Cate Stewart, Sydney
- Embarrassment Directed by Samuel Kristofski, New Zealand
- Rejection Directed by Claire Littler, London
- Grief Directed by Danni Pearce
- Life Directed by Russell Brownley, San Diego
- We’re all Going To Die Directed by Stefan Hunt, Byron Bay
What do we do when we think the end is coming? It’s not as apocalyptic as you might think. The truth is, when people know they are going to die, they spend their last year in the most loving, conscious and caring way. The Death Meditation showed participants that you don’t have to wait until you die to live this way.
Created by The Indigo Project
How do you feel about being asked to stare at a stranger straight in the eyes? And hold their gaze? This festival experience aimed to change the way people interact with each other so we can collectively embrace vulnerability and rediscover the essence of human interaction.
Created by The Human Connection Movement
Panel Discussion, hosted by Tom Tilley
What fear can teach us; Recognising the role fear plays in our lives and changing how we interact with it.
Panelists - Mary Hoang, Robyn Wilson, John Grayson
Rest in peace: What death can teach us about life.
Panelists - Kerrie Noonan, Amy Sagar, Emele Ugavule