sancintya simpson’s alterego CHICHI MA$ALA uses the tropes of historical exotica and contemporary culture to distort audience experience through reactionary performance. using sampled sounds, exotica and graffiti elements she critiques popular culture through a layered performance.
triggering sounds by motion detectors as they move through the space, the audience plays a role and is implicated in their participation on contemporary societies fetishisation of other cultures and the continuation of racial prejudices. CHICHI MA$ALA’s role is reactionary in the space and enhances the positioning of the audience as she triggers midi sounds under a veil of projected historic exotica and disrupts with digital militia graffiti.
performance by CHICHI MA$ALA featuring SEZZ0.
sancintya simpson’s practice and research examines the complexities or race and identity, in particular mixed-race and migrant experiences within australia. simpson has two aspects to her practice that she uses to create dialogue on societies concealed prejudices, one in which she combines the traditional with digital platforms and the other using her alter ego CHICHI MA$ALA. simpson has a bachelor of photography with honours from queensland college of art, griffith university.
OPEN / 7pm through 10pm friday the 30th of october 2015
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