Talim is a playable character from the fighting game Soulcalibur II. Talim is a young babaylan (“shaman” or “community healer”) who hails from the Village of the Wind Deity on the Philippine island of Samar.
Above: Modified Soul Calibur II ROM.
In the SoulCalibur universe, Talim is the last babaylan in her community as Spanish Catholic colonists persecuted all practitioners and objects associated with these rites.
Microsoft Surface, matte board, paint and tape.
I have modified the game files of Soulcalibur II to remove all background art and other characters and allow users to assume control of Talim and her power to control the winds.
PlayStation controller, paint.
Upon prompting from a small “player’s guide,” participants input fighting moves on a customized PlayStation controller as body rituals to rid Talim’s home from the specter of colonialism.