Artist Lynette Wallworth to Speak at Williams College on April 11

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 30, 2017—Artist Lynette Wallworth will speak at Williams College on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the ’62 Center MainStage. Audience members will have the opportunity to view the 15-minute film, Collisions, using virtual reality headsets in the lobby of the MainStage preceding the talk. We also invite college and community members to view the film Friday, April 7, and Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12, at the Center for Education Technology on the second floor of Sawyer Library. Please sign up in advance at http://bit.ly/2olHqDR.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve by calling the ’62 Center Box Office at 413-597-2425 Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. or book online at 62center.williams.edu/box-office/ (Note: the box office is closed for spring break March 18-April 3 but online booking is still available during that time.) Tickets will also be available at the door.

Wallworth is an Australian artist known for her use of immersive multimedia installations and narrative long form film to explore the interconnectivity between humans and the natural world and “fragile human states of grace.” Her most memorable works include Coral: Rekindling Venus, an examination of the ecology of threatened biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef, and Evolution of Fearlessness, an “intimate portrait of 10 refugee women.” Her work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Sundance Film Festival, the World Economic Forum, and the American Museum of Natural History, and often requires active participation like moving around the space, handling objects or using touch- based interfaces. In her lecture, she will discuss her most recent work, Collisions, a virtual reality investigation into the first contact between an indigenous Australian tribe and the momentous impact of Western expansion.

This event is part of the Williams’ Confronting Climate Change year of inquiry. Throughout this academic year the college is hosting a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and exploring ways to address it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community. The Gaudino Fund, the Thomas B. Healy ’50 Fund, the departments of Anthropology and Sociology, Art History, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Williams College Libraries are sponsors of this event.

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