Talking Bodies is a performance-lecture series that gets underneath the skin of dance. Combining storytelling with live performance and discussion, Talking Bodies traces connections between artists’ real-life experiences, the big topics of our time and the creative process, uncovering the daring ways dance artists use the body to challenge how we see the world.

Featuring acclaimed performance artist Justin Shoulder, Talking Bodies 2023 begins at Carriageworks, alongside summer exhibitions by Paul Yore and The Huxleys. Focusing on queer ecologies, Shoulder, with collaborators Corin Ileto and Victoria Hunt, reflects on the role of body and ceremony in imagining alternative futures.

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

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This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Justin Shoulder is a constantly mutating artist and storyteller, working primarily in performance, sculpture, video and collective events. Also known as Phasmahammer, their practice is an eco-cosmology of alter personas based on queered ancestral myth. Creatures birthed are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. The artist uses their body and craft as an instrument of metaphysics towards a queer Filipinx Futurism. Shoulder believes in performance and shared ceremony as communal medicine for difficult times. Shoulder is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia (Monsta Gras, Pink Bubble) with partner and key collaborator Matthew Stegh and Club Ate with collaborator Bhenji Ra. Their works have been presented across Australia and Internationally where they work between gallery, nightclub, theatre and cinema contexts.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

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Co-curated by Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey.

Presented at Carriageworks.

Justin Shoulder, Titan Arum. Image by: Felicity Jenkins