TITAN ARUM : Justin Shoulder

"AEON†: TITAN ARUM is a camp celebration of floral splendour, and a very queer reimagining of the botanical order. It encourages us to consider alternative worlds, and to celebrate the truly weird and wondrous one we already inhabit."

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  • Venue

    164 Hunter Street View map


    23 September Exhibition 10:00am - 5:00pm
    23 September Performance 7:30pm
    24 -25 September Exhibition 10:00am - 5:00 pm
    24 - 25 September Performance 6:00pm + 7:30pm
    29 September - 02 October Exhibition 10:00am - 5:00pm
    29 September - 02 October Performance 6:00pm + 7:30pm


  • Standard Free
Justin Shoulder’s TITAN ARUM, invites you to a carnivalesque biosphere of its own logic. Enter this conservatory of imagined ‘exotic’, medicinal and dangerous species. In devotion to world-making, the artist invites you to a landscape both familiar and alien. Night gardens propagate beings not quite flora or fauna. 
Continuing Shoulder’s interests in evolution and hybridity, TITAN ARUM births beings of ambiguity. Are they pollinator, parasite or host? 

Witness elaborate craft meet uncanny puppetry and the language of diasporic queer clubland. In a series of appearances throughout the installation, Shoulder inhabits these forms in a sensory ceremony of dance, light and sound before disappearing again into nature. Suitable for all ages.

Presented by Newcastle Art Gallery.

Concept & performer Justin Shoulder @phasmahammer
Set & costume design Matthew Stegh & Justin Shoulder 
Set & costume design assistants Brenda Lam, Anthony Aitch and Luna Aquatica 
Composer Corin Ileto 
Lighting design Fausto Brusamolino 
Voiceover Christine Villareal 
Producers, Insite Arts: Jason Cross & Penelope Leishman

Performance duration 30minutes
Walk-ins will be accepted subject to capacity limits.
Exhibition Performance VisualArt