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Sweætshops®                (alternatively stylised as SWEXTSHOPS)
is a multidisciplinary artist and multi-instrumentalist. Their moniker a

portmanteau of sweatshops and sweetshops representing the brutal

contradiction of exploitation and instant-gratification in the lottery of

economic circumstance. Their practice is centred on presenting

works as esoteric products to create intense absurdist allegories

around nameless social undercurrents and phenomena in the 21st

century. Creating work from the waste of consumerism and pop

culture using different configurations of live-art, sound, public

disruption, AI, film 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 work as Sawney is currenty cited in the V&A's ongoing Tartan exhibition.

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

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