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 hosted a range of multi media arts and interactive installations. Thanks to mind-blowing donations to our Kickstarter campaign the festival premiered 17 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia at COMMUNE, Waterloo.
Shying away from the 'life's short' cliches, we asked participants to stand in the presence of the rainbow hearse and listen to their 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.
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
Eleven award-winning international directors were given a one-word brief by Stefan Hunt and asked to tackle themes of fear and death as part of the We’re All Going To Die’s movement: fear less and live more.
Each director's brief was a singular word that included failure, grief, rejection, judgement and doubt. However the overall curation is far from morbid, but is instead a rollercoaster for your soul. The series, including Hunt’s own film titled We’re All Going to Die, loops through comedy, drama, documentary and dance to have you welling up with tears, laughing until your belly hurts and hugging your loved ones.
Failure Directed by Smriti Keshari, New York
Judgement Directed by Lincoln Caplice, Sydney
Fear Directed by Genevieve Bailey
Pride Directed by Stefan Jose, Byron Bay
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, Sydney
Life Directed by Russell Brownley, San Diego
We’re all Going To Die Directed by Stefan Hunt, New York
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 often 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 Stefan Hunt X 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