This is the music release of the original score to the short film Divine Lust by Anthony de Bono, which was created — in collaboration with folks like Nicky Miller, Deepneue, S Ruston, Madame Trash, and more from the queer creative community here in Berlin.
DIVINE LUST explores Anthony de Bono’s interdisciplinary artistic practice; the ongoing result from this endeavour includes the creation of a short film and a coinciding fashion collection, then the experiential events which will take place to present this project will incorporate Anthony’s practice of conceptualizing physical installation pieces, along with his curatorial work and creative direction practices in bringing together collaborators from a collection of diverse folks from his underground queer Berlin community to execute the entirety of each of these one-off event experiences for this project.
Electrosexual is the creation of Romain Frequency — the Berlin-based music producer and DJ — in addition to this being the musical alias under which they release music into the world and prefer, it is the vehicle for them to explore gender, art, technology, and alternative sexualities through auditory signals. Electrosexual’s music “is about emotional connections, not stylistic categorizations,” according to Frequency.
Rooted in queer politics and aesthetics, their music nevertheless avoids pigeonholing; instead, a variety of influences will find their way into their music: everything from synthy acid house to EBM-tinged techno, Italo disco-flecked electro, or the occasional track rooted purely in pop. Producing, mixing, and touring for over a decade, the fiercely independent artist has collaborated with the likes of Hard Ton, Aerea Negrot, Karma She, Scream Club and Peaches, and performed remixing duties for electronic music legends Ssion, Billie Ray Martin, and David Carretta.
Anthony de Bono´s DIVINE LUST
allows for a theatrical realization of de Bono’s work, utilizing a sea of references from homages to classical sculpture to the working methodology of industrial noise groups, this short film is an unapologetically confrontational response to the current political climate of aggression towards Queer culture and existence.
The short film features a collection of infamous figures (DJs, promoters, creatives, club kids) within the underground queer club culture and arts scene here in Berlin. It was made in close collaboration with a dearest friend of Anthony: the creative polymath Nicky Miller, whose film work tends to exist in the alternative erotica space.
In his own words here, Anthony notes specifically his intentions with the short film: “Creating a visual experience of intimacy and collaboration within Queer culture — with the stark reminder that existence is political.”
The short film component of this project allows for a theatrical realization of de Bono’s work, utilizing a sea of references from homages to classical sculpture to the working methodology of industrial noise groups. This short film is an unapologetically confrontational response to the current political climate of aggression towards Queer culture and existence.
Anthony de Bono (born 1993 in Melbourne, Australia) is a Berlin-based artist working across a range of disciplines including Performance, Installation, and Fashion — queer, radical, feminist, punk, provocative, but informed by a deep classical academic understanding of art (received their Bachelor of Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).
Their interdisciplinary practice explores ideas and notions of the body through constant questioning and deconstruction of societal structures and personal experiences. Through the utilization of action and gestural response, Anthony responds to perceptions of themselves, notions of intimacy, desire, and beauty — their artistic labours often culminate in durational performance works and ephemeral installations, inviting a further collaborative practice of exchange with other artists, which references and responds to the current social and political climate.
Their fashion work sees Anthony de Bono transform once mundane discarded items of clothing into fierce visual statements. The actual mechanics of the process involved in their fashion practice are aligned with the ethos of upcycling — they most typically use found and second-hand items — but they also craft creations of their own from scratch with new fabric — the pieces are cut, torn, painted, and collaged.
CREDITS / CAST / COLLABORATORS:
Project Direction: Anthony de Bono
Collection: Anthony de Bono
Camera/DOP/Edit: Nicky Miller
Camera 2: Ceven Knowles
Creative Consultant & Styling Asst: Fábio M Silva
Vocals: Anali Goldberg
Cast: Katharina Frommann, Sophie Rusty, Madame Trash, Bogdan Georgescu, Jorge Benavides, Justin Thesis Smith, Pinky Zimmermann, Maxcel Toriani, Mehrdad Gharibian, Bráulio Bandeira, Zhenya Salinski, Viktor Francis Duo, Crista Montoya, Nine Novellati, Demetris Darras, Quesarello.
Thanks to KAKE (R.I.P.) and James Doyle.