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The creator’s alter-ego urges the audience to rationalize their own timeless, situational events.

First of all, if you're immediately thinking that this is another attempt at a Marshmello spin-off, you're sorely mistaken. This concept supersedes any real previous attempts but incorporates many of the concepts that are already available to us.

Some time ago the creator of Culkiin, who wishes to remain anonymous, made a paper mâché head similar to his own to be worn in all aspects of his performance art, mainly video. The character is not meant to be intangible but rather a physical one that will allow the audience to reach a different level of consciousness by escaping reality for a moment to enter Culkiin's world, removing the creator from the equation.

Culkiin.  Photo: Kieran Brett

Culkiin.  Photo: Kieran Brett

The idea came from Culkiin's creator working in a a chewing gum factory after attending college. "It was so loud I couldn't even use my headphones and ultimately found myself drifting off," said the creator. "I found it way more interesting when I thought about writing from the point of view of a fictional character with no limits." Much like modern-day cartoon characters, this type of daydreaming is not new by any stretch but few have actually brought the idea to fruition.  

”I wanted to create an interesting world for Culkiin," said his creator. His goal is to thrust Culkiin into continual situational aspects of another world. "It's a world where I can create funny, almost surreal videos for Culkiin. We really don't know how or where he is going to end up." What we do know is that Culkiin is from The Eternal City, which is where the creator is set to transfer his real residence in a few weeks. Still confused? That's the point as it is often referred to as such by two different cities.

Culkiin.  Photo: Kieran Brett

Culkiin.  Photo: Kieran Brett

Culkiin is set to evolve through his music, which his creator describes as "electronic club music for people who don't get out much." It is with this disparity of comedy and real-life experience that Culkiin will, with each song, enter a new level of a video game of sorts, bringing with it an entirely new world for him to experience. 

The first single, Head was an experiment for Culkiin's creator. "I was throwing ideas at the wall and this song came about. I actually changed it the day before I recorded it from guitar riffs to electronic with some early 2000's UK dance influences. Right then was when I decided this was the direction I wanted to go and also birthed the head concept." The song has since been re-mixed, without the permission by Hippie Sabotage. The creator has mixed emotions as it has given the song more airtime but is not pleased that the remixed track sold on iTunes without his permission saying, ”It really isn't in the true spirit of remixing.” 

The introduction of Culkiin was Dream Alone. A lyrical song brought together with a video that was the brainchild of Liam Woolmer-Thompson. "We had access to massive amounts of equipment in a warehouse and we agreed to do a proper video for the song," Culkiin's creator said. "The continuous shot concept was Liam’s idea." The song was a chance for the creator to be a bit more deliberate with Culkiin in his introduction process. "It made it easy to collapse into another world and start his journey. I was becoming less engaged with reality and the track became more about the commitment to an idea or dream.”

The video was submitted to The Monthly Film Festival and won Best Video of the Month by a jury of online voters in February 2018:

With the introduction of Culkiin completed, the next step are a string of releases that will eventually form a cohesive collection of songs where Culkiin plots his best path in these different scenarios. But, in the end, is anything solved? Well, according to his creator, " The ultimate goal of Culkiin will be left up to the individual's interpretation giving a broader reach to the intended audience, which is all of us."

A video will also be released highlighting Culkiin's adventures with a medley of the new songs and is "meant to stir conversation and intrigue."

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