VILLAGE is an immersive audio installation created over twelve months in collaboration with the residents of retirement communities in Launceston, Tasmania.
VILLAGE takes you past the manicured lawns and behind the lace curtains to find out what life in a retirement village is really like.
Tasmania’s population is the oldest in Australia and it’s ageing the fastest. While the media prints headlines about the state’s immanent transformation into a “retirement island” VILLAGE asks, “Would that really be such a bad thing?”
VILLAGE sits within a context of significant social change and at its heart the project seeks to foster intergenerational empathy and connection. Through an audio-documentary that shares the stories of older people, and participatory events that bring a younger audience into the world of retirement village living, VILLAGE is a gesture towards how intergenerational connection within our communities might begin.
In conjunction with the audio installation, two satellite events were run as part of Junction Festival. Let’s Talk About Death, was an advanced care directive workshop for all ages produced in collaboration with Palliative Care Tasmania and Common Ground was a intergenerational afternoon tea connecting older and younger female leaders within the local community.
PROJECT CREDITS: VILLAGE, 2015-16. Lead artist, creative producer and writer Brienna Macnish // key collaborator and visual designer Clare McCracken // key collaborator, sound designer, composer and technology designer Robert Jordan.
VILLAGE was commissioned by Junction Arts Festival and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is also supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria. Our project partners are, Word of Mouth Technology Melbourne, All About Gardens Launceston, and BMW Launceston, our venue partner. Photographs by Lucy Productions and Andrew Ferris.