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Sweætshops®     (alternatively stylised as sweXtshops)

is a multidisciplinary artist and multi-instrumentalist.

The term sweætshopsa portmanteau of sweat-shops and

sweet-shops, represents humanity's contradictory

participation as both the perpetuators and victims

of the current global economic system. Under the guise

of an impersonal corporate entity their practice creates

allegories from the waste of consumerism and pop culture

to highlight social undercurrents we lack a terminology

for and therefore struggle to address. Blurring the

distinctions between “high-brow” and “low-brow” culture,

authenticity and artifice and truth and falsity using

different configurations of live-art, sound, music,

public disruption, film, AI and audience participation.

From creating shows about fake news for 0-5 year olds to attending the X-Factor auditions as the blood-vomiting ghost of a humiliated contestant, gathering electromagnetic frequencies from  remembrance poppy factories to recording public recollections of 9/11, releasing a self-help tape to accompanying apocalyptic pamphlets. Consumerism, nationalism, media, technology - misinformation overload is processed through our aural conveyor line, bloody and shrink-wrapped to create new configurations of ceremonial muzak and mystery shopper plays.

Variously described as “performance art at its best” (The Write Angle) and “varicoloured and raw…the undeniable energy of a high doom” (Phasmid Press). Their work has been selected by wide arrange of organisations and festivals including the National Theatre of Scotland, Hidden Door Festival, Radiophrenia Festival,  the Scottish Queer International FIlm Festival and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival amongst others. They have been the recipient of the //BUZZCUT// Emerging Live Artist award and selected for Palić European Film Festival's Young Spirit of Europe. Their ongoing work as Sawney was cited in the V&A Dundee's 2023-2024 TARTAN exhibition and they have created soundworks for various films and performances including the aforementioned exhibition’s audioguide.

A complete CV is available here.
Contact can be made here.

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