Born, 1985, Sydney. Lives and works Sydney
Justin Shoulder’s performance work The River Eats (2012) stars Pinky, a character (played by the artist) who slowly transforms from a pink-skinned, humanesque creature to an insect-like entity that exists somewhere between the categories of organism and information. While seemingly human at first, Pinky is already a hybrid creature that the artist describes as integrating ‘streams of data: images, memes, chatter and spam in an effervescent flow’.
Shoulder’s art emerges from a history of queer performance that evolved in Sydney’s nightclub scene from the 1970s. The artist describes his work as a ‘queer ecosystem’ populated by ‘Fantastic Creatures’, that exist in an ‘open-source, techno-media space’.
Video documentation of The River Eats recorded at the MMCA Seoul in 2015 is available to view in the New Romance Resource Area on Level 2 (opposite the Library).
Shoulder’s new performance is being held in the MCA Lecture Theatre 8, 9, 10 August. Please check here (MCA link) for performance and ticketing information.
Justin Shoulder: Carrion, Thurs 11 Aug
Justin Shoulder: Carrion, Fri 12 Aug
Justin Shoulder: Carrion & Artist Talk, Sat 13 Aug
Please note there will be a performance program in August for Justin Shoulder- Dates & program information TBA
Devised, performed, costume and set design: Justin Shoulder
Video and lighting design: Toby Knyvett
Video and SFX: Rebecca Stegh
Composer and sound design: Nick Wales
Creative producer: Jeff Stein, Victoria Spence
Costume design collaborator and poster illustration: Matthew Stegh
Set construction: Dillon MacEwan
Mythic glamour mask collaborator: Nikki Majajas
Costume construction assistance: Marty Jay, Ami Shoulder, Anthony Aitch, Alistair Watts, Vincent Valentine, Phoebe Hyles, Yasmina Black, Nina Buchanon, Dan Bell, Jackson Stacy, Samara Shehata
Editing, VFX and co-director: Rebecca Stegh
Co-director: Amy Gebhardt
Cinematography: Bonnie Elliot
Originally supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the City of Melbourne through Arts House, Next Wave Festival and Performance Space.
Courtesy the artist