The Becalmed Heart is a large-scale immersive installation that invites audiences to enter a world created from refuse. It is a meditation upon our waste and the impact of human intervention on nature. Inspired by images of vast plastic islands floating across the surface of the ocean, landfill sites and the work of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky this project attempts to capture the grotesque beauty of devastated landscapes.
“…calm and shocking. …It is a powerful reflection on consumption, mass consumerism and our impact on environment. A strong, vivid comment about our relationship with nature and the impact of climate change, executed in the most brutally beautiful way.” – Fenella Kernebone
The Becalmed Heart, 2015. Creative producer and direction by Brienna Macnish / key collaborator and visual design by Clare McCracken / key collaborator and sound design and composition by Robert Jordan / lighting design by Christopher Page.
The Becalmed Heart was developed with support from Underbelly Arts and premiered at Underbelly Festival, 2015. It was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the City of Melbourne through the Arts House 4 Walls initiative.
Photographs by Vikk Shayen
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.
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.
The Locker Room
A moving, immersive, mixed-media, performance installation, exploring the imprint of violence against women by bringing one woman’s dark and unsettling story to life. The work explored the loss, courage and resilience of women and families exposed to violence and encouraged audience members to reexamine what they see, hear and believe.
The Locker Room was originally commissioned by Knox City Council and exhibited at the Knox Festival, 2014. It has been re-exhibited by the City of Casey, City of Boroondara and the City of Manningham.
Designer, writer and key collaborator Clare McCracken / Creative Producer Jeremy Angerson / Director Naja Kostich / Sound Designer Michael Carmody / Lighting Designer Rachel Burke.
Two. Writen and illustrated by Clare McCracken / Sound design by Michael Carmody