Documentation from VILLAGE

Section 32

Immerse Festival November 12 to December 10, 2016

Section 32 is an immersive installation that transforms the inside and outside of a suburban home into a vision of the future.

Our city is in a state of flux: climate change, rapid population growth, housing affordability, technological advances such as driverless cars and shifts in the labour market are all gearing up to permanently change both the look of our city and how we inhabit it. Over four weeks, artists will transform a suburban house inside and out creating an immersive installation that transports you to the end of this century to experience the future of the Australian suburbs.

Section 32 is the first of a tetralogy of works developed by Clare McCracken as part of her creative practice research PhD at RMIT University. McCracken’s research is informed by the mobilities turn in sociology which contends that mobilities sit "at the centre of constellations of power, the creation of identities and the microgeographies of everyday life"(Cresswell 2011: 511). Consequently, it is through our analysis of mobility systems and their impacts - contemporarily and in the past - that we can come to understand the forces that have shaped the spaces we inhabit, our relationships, and our concept of time. McCracken’s research will see her develop works that respond to these systems and their impact throughout the centuries from a uniquely Australian perspective.

Within the tetralogy of works Section 32 takes the future as its subject matter, ruminating on what the car centric outer suburbs of Melbourne may look like by the end of the 21st century. It contemplates how domestic routines, interpersonal relationships and the fabric of the house itself will adapt to a post carbon world affected by climate change, extreme weather events, population increase and new technologies such as driverless cars and virtual reality. The work is informed by the work of sociologists, contemporary philosophers and cultural theorists such as John Urry, Anthony Elliott, Tim Cresswell, Manual Castels, Rosi Braidotti and Paul Virilio, but also by Melbourne’s history of planning, development and environmental policy.

Cresswell, Tim. 2011. 'Mobilities I: Catching up', Progress in Human Geography, 35: 550-58.

Behind the Scenes


Clare McCracken
lead artist, creative producer
Brienna Macnish
key collaborator, performance director
Robert Jordan
key collaborator, sound designer, composer, technology designer

Jessie Stanley
associate artist, creator of the Black Room
Kasey Gambling
Isabella Vadiveloo
Ernesto Muñoz
Paul Blenheim
performer, message from Mars

Rhiannon Slatter
Andrew Ferris


Section 32 would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organisations. John Smart from Smart Graffiti, RMIT School of Art in Public Space, Andrew Ferris, Chris McCracken, Kate McCracken, Hannah Macnish, John Twyford, Molly Warren, Kurt Luttin, Sue Shee, Martin Brennan, Marcia Ferguson, Patrick McCarthy, Michael Hearn, Martin Buden and the residents of Rose Avenue, Boronia.


Hannah Francis, "Paint it black: Artists turn Boronia home into bleak house", The Age, November 7 2016.

Kimberly Seedy, "Immerse exhibition sees entire Boronia House painted black", Knox Leader, November 19 2016

Parallel Lines with Sara Savage, Tripple RRR, November 16 2016

Behind the Scenes with John Sheridan, Vision Australia Radio, November 21 2016

Section 32 has been commissioned by Knox City Council as part of the Immerse Arts Festival. The house was donated by an anonymous donor.