A hallucinogenic exploration of the relations between human, animal, machine and spirit show is coming to Victoria!
What does it mean to be human, in a period when destruction on the planet is rapidly redefining the laws of nature? Melding flesh, costume and a robo-primordial aesthetic, Carrion is a stunning new solo performance by Justin Shoulder (V and The River Eats) that introduces the figure of Carrion – a shape-shifting, post-human spectre that speaks in multiple forms and languages.
Blurring the boundaries between animal, human and machine, Carrion draws on queer and ancestral mythologies and evokes a post-apocalyptic landscape rife with decay, where the human and the android have merged for survival.
Darkly sensuous, dancerly and dreamlike, Carrion conceives an imaginary world that is hauntingly and brilliantly animate – it reveals new truths about simulation, consumption and worship in an age of excess and acceleration.
RealTime described Carrion as “an allegorical space, a space of in-betweens and of fantastical proportions – in which critical questions about contemporary humanity present as vivid, amorphous emotions.” As an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production, Shoulder often focuses his practice to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences.
Shoulder is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia and Club Ate (a gang of Asia-pacific sissies) and has performed and exhibited internationally, including most recently his collection of video works, Ex Nilalang, for AsiaTOPA and First Sight at Mu.