Composer and musician Corin Ileto will be coming in to discuss her score for Carrion, a hallucinogenic exploration of the relations between human, animal, machine and spirit.

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.

Mesmerising and tender, elemental and fantastical, Carrion is a rite, a birth, a speculation – morphing the ‘natural’ in a unique vision of physical performance possibilities.

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 Museum Macan in Jakarta.

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Season 27 – 30 Jun 2018
Times 8pm Wed – Sat
Duration 60 minutes
Location Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings at or (03) 9322 3720

Lead Artist:
Justin Shoulder
Corin Ileto
Mentor & Artistic Collaborator:
Victoria Hunt
Costume & Set Designers:
Matthew Stegh, Justin Shoulder
Costume & Set Design Assistants:
Anthony Aitch, Marty Jay
Lighting Designer:
Benjamin Cisterne
Sound Mastering:
Bob Scott
Insite Arts
Stage & Production Manager:
Amber Silk