SCRAAATCH is the sound and performance art duo of E. Jane and chukwumaa (who also record music individually as MHYSA and lawd knows). 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 these things can be meditated on through performance. SCRAAATCH makes interdisciplinary performance works using 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 works typically unfold over durations that allow the viewer a space to meditate on the feelings these sights, sounds, and gestures conjure.
Originally from Maryland and based in Brooklyn, SCRAAATCH has performed and exhibited sound and media experiments at venues including MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, MoCADA, and the New Museum in NY, The ICA in Philadelphia, and Les Urbaines in Switzerland. Using the chaotic and energetic hybrid DJ/live PA style they’ve come to be known for, they’ve performed sets at Boiler Room, MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions in the US and Rewire, Listen Festival, and Ø in Europe. In addition to their monthly show on NTS Radio, they’ve released mixes for Halcyon Veil, The Fader, and Truants. In 2019, they self-released their debut EP TEARDROPS and performed at MoMA PS1 Warm Up in New York. That same year they also began presenting their new performance work Tower of Babel. They both hold MFAs from the University of Pennsylvania in Interdisciplinary Art.
Photo by Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.