Rachael is speaking to the audience, crouched on high platforms, arms wrapped in a microphone cable on stage next to music equipment.
Rachael Young — NIGHTCLUBBING. Credit: Kyle Mcloughlin

Rachael Young — Island Bodies

Island Bodies is part of a collection of works by Rachael Young responding to the climate crisis. Using VR, AR and 360-degree film, Rachael will create a cinematic experience that pushes audiences to suspend their individual relationship with climate change and consider a wider, more inclusive picture of what the future could look like.

Climate injustices impacting marginalised communities and the earth are interconnected. Island Bodies delves into the possible outcomes of a failing planet and pushes back against capitalism. Using speculative fiction as a space of resistance and escapism, Island Bodies will explore the intersections of social and environmental justice. Rachael will use this project to provide opportunities for other marginalised groups, including queer, disabled, neurodivergent, women, non-binary and trans women.

Rachael will work with a creative team, including animator Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, dramaturg Season Butler, sound designer Alicia Jane Turner and designer Rosie Elnile, to embody an intergenerational conversation about our relationship to nature and society. The work can be experienced by festival audiences as an installation or a 360-degree film experience for audiences to access remotely via mobile phones.