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Justin Shoulder As part of La Manutention - Performers in Residency

Launched in 2017, la Manutention is a new format that welcomes and encourages exploration and experimentation, providing artists the opportunity to develop their practices and produces original performances at the occasion of four performatives evenings for one month, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the artists’ world and an occasion to follow the evolution of their ongoing work.


From 22/06/2019 to 11/07/2019 : Justin Shoulder

For La Manutention residency, Justin Shoulder will work with a series of figures from his body of work '"Carrion" and new figures from the conceptual and metaphysical space, '"The Skyworld".

"Carrion" is a post-human clown at the crossroads of evolution and collapse. The work questions what it means to be human in an era when our destructive influence over the planet is rapidly redefining the laws of nature. This creature has the ability to shapeshift into multiple forms and speak multiple languages. With an ego driven by nostalgia "Carrion" wanders an archaeological site uncovering objects.

As "Carrion" ’s journey unfolds, we glimpse startling new truths about simulation, consumption and worship in an age of excess and acceleration. Drawing on queer and Filipinx ancestral mythologies, the work transports us into a place where the distant past collides with the far future, alerting us to the changes that already lie within ourselves.

Each episode will have a live score by Corin Ileto.


Curator : Vittoria Matarrese

Co-produced in association with Insite Arts.

With the support of MAC Cosmetics France.

Saturday 22nd of June




Through gleaning bones, a figure of contradictory and constantly shifting pluralities emerges. Never quite human, only ever Frankenstein: a ghost of the west, a virus, a trickster, or a prehistoric bird?


Thursday 27th of June


Scattered with clues to this speculative future, the performance space becomes an archaeological site for a cybernetic demigod struggling with the symbiosis of its distinctly unique character. This figure constructs languid reflections of the natural through a detritus of celluloid reproduction. Cursed by ghosts of romanticism and nostalgia, "Carrion" is in the throes of forced evolutionary acceleration.


Thursday 4th of July

EPISODE 3: REGURGITASIA + dj set by Kōtare

A dissimulation of finches in collective bird song tweet requiem in d-minor, polyphonic tones carry on the wind. Warm rain falling. Steam. Lyrebirds mimic chainsaws while Bower birds collect and angle sinews of iridescent cabling building the form of an ancient child’s body.

9:00pm - 10:00pm :  dj set by Kōtare

Club renegade, Precog curator and proud Ngāpuhi woman Kōtare (fka DJ Sezzo) will be on the decks looking after your ears. Having played every major art gallery in Australia, we're lucky to snatch her up in-between big bookings like Dark Mofo and supporting Klein, Aisha Devi, Lotic, Fatima Al Qadiri, Charli XCX (!) and Cher (!!!). Kōtare  is a rare delight with very well-developed sensibilities in both pop and experimental domains. She'll be bringing her signature genre-fluid, fun mixing style twisting together deconstructed club-left sounds, avant garde techno, hip hop, noise, metal and industrial reggaeton for a hell of a ride. Kōtare lives and works in Naarm/Birraranga/Melbourne.


Thursday 11th of July

EPISODE 4: SKYWORLD ~ AVIALAE + Concert de Corin Ileto

Conjuring an ancestral avian. A figure that draws from Pageantry, Pre Hispanic Pagan Clowns and Aposematism.


From 22/06/2019 to 11/07/2019

Saturday 22nd of June at 5pm and Thursdays 27th of June, 4th and 11th of July at 8:15pm

The event can be accessed only upon presentation of an entry ticket.



Justin Shoulder

Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. He was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney) and is of Filipino and European heritage. His main body of work "Phasmahammer" is an ecology of alter personas based on queered ancestral myth. These creatures are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. He is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia with partner and key collaborator Matthew Stegh and Club Ate with collaborator Bhenji Ra.