Festival Program



Sat 25 Aug, 10am
Melbourne General Cemetery

Take a walk amongst the graves of Melbourne General Cemetery guided by Vanitas, an immersive new app that mixes real life documentary with touching speculation about the fate that awaits us all: death. Experienced through your own smartphone and beautifully blending original music and contemplative voices, explore Melbourne’s most historic cemetery in a completely new way.

Arrive at any point within the two-hour session and then stay in the cemetery for as long as you like. We recommend allowing 70–90 minutes for the experience. You will be sent more information with information regarding app download upon booking.

To experience Vanitas you will need:
– Your own Apple or Android smartphone* with an internet connection and headphones. Each audience member needs their own phone – sharing one phone between two is not possible.
– An email address and an Australian mobile telephone number.

*iPhone 5 or higher with up-to-date installation of iOS OR Android 4 or higher. Sadly at this stage we are not able to support Windows phones.

This session contains content related to death.

This session is $10. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust


2 hours

Session code




Session Artists

Jason Maling is an artist whose work is a conceptually driven mix of live performance and socially engaged practice. For over 20 years he has developed highly collaborative projects both nationally and internationally that engage with unusual sites, communities and subcultures.

Robert Walton is a British-Australian conceptual, media and performance artist. Over the last two decades he has directed the creation of over 30 original works spanning theatre, installation, new writing, novel technologies and media art. His work has toured in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

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