SCRAAATCH is the sound and performance art duo of E. Jane and chukwumaa (who also record music individually as MHYSA and lawdknows). They create multimedia performance works, experimental music, and hybrid DJ sets. Their work focuses on themes of communication across the Black diaspora, generational traumas, social upheaval, and the social conditions of urban environments. They are interested in communication attempts, communication breakdowns, societal breakdowns, and how that communication can be meditated on through performance. SCRAAATCH’s works use the combined phenomenological experiences of digital, visual, aural, and corporeal materials. Gestures of sampling in electronic music and art are very important to their practice; they often source sounds, images, and physical objects that represent the ever-morphing urban and digital landscapes where so many socio-political dynamics take place. These time-based performances typically unfold over durations that allow the viewer a space to meditate on the feelings these sights, sounds, and gestures conjure.
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