The Encounter

The Encounter

29 January – 2 February 2024

Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne – Southbank Campus

You are invited to participate in a mysterious new immersive art experience that is part performance, part experiment.

Book your visit now!

Free – Limited Tickets

Enter the mysterious world of The Encounter, an intimate performance experiment for one person in an interactive environment.

29 January – 2 February 2024

Appointments from 1:00-6:30pm daily.

This is a free event that takes approximately 30 minutes.

The project is created by lead artist Robert Walton and a multidisciplinary team including Airlie Chapman, Goran Duric, Justin Green, Aleks Michalewicz, Elena Vella, Daniel Williams, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey.

The experience is for one audience member at a time and takes approximately 30 minutes, including completing questionnaires. If you have time, you may be invited to participate in an interview about the experience, which may take an additional 30 minutes.

The experience includes moving in a space with low light wearing headphones and responding to movement in the environment.  It takes place on a flat floor and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

A person moves into the light in a darkened room. The light makes the body a silhouette with a silver lining.

This project is funded by: The University of Melbourne, Contemplative Studies Centre, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Science Gallery Melbourne.


Free – booking essential.


29 January-2 February 2024


Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Southbank Campus

Project Team

Robert Walton
Airlie Chapman
Elena Vella
Goran Đurić
Daniel Williams
Aleksandra Michalewicz
Justin Green
Eric Schoof
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Special Thanks

Aunty Gail Smith and Charley Woolmore from the Wurrundjeri Aboriginal Corporation
Paul Lim from ADDITIVE
Zack Lewin
Lysander Miller
Thank you to Sam Mallick and Thomas Wu for their contributions in prior developments

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