Ex Nilalang by collective Club Ate (Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra) is a body of work that uses myth as a form to explore the intersections of queer identities of the Filipino diaspora. The artists employ video as a means of telling collaborative stories – visualized as four moving portraits. Nilalang has a hybrid meaning ‘to create’ and also meaning ‘creature : the work being both a transformation of existing mythologies and also the imagining of future folklore.
The fourth episode of Ex Nilalang was co-commissioned by Acmi Melbourne for Asia TOPA and Blacktown Arts Centre for Balik Bayan 2017.
Ex Nilalang (From Creature ~ From Creation) 2017
Single-channel HD digital video, 16:9, colour, sound
Written and Devised by Bhenji Ra & Justin Shoulder
Director & VFX: Tristan Jalleh
Performers Bhenji Ra & Justin Shoulder
Composer: Corin Ileto
Costume Design: Matthew Stegh
Makeup: Kiki Targé
Producer: Christina Ra
Production Assistants: Emmett Aldred & Xeno Genesis
Director of Photography: Ryan Alexander Lloyd
Camera Assistant: Bryn Whitie
Photogrammetry Assistant: Andre Piquet
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