Chicks on Speed
13 March - 21 April 2013

Artspace presents SCREAM, a riotous layering of live performance, music, installation and technology by Australia/Europe-based performance/art/music/fashion collective Chicks on Speed.  

For fifteen years Chicks on Speed have forged an extraordinary career across music, fashion, art, styling and design with a holistic, fluid and dynamic approach to sophisticated, DIY creative endeavour. They have performed at major festivals around the world, released numerous recordings including celebrated tracks such as ‘GLAMOUR GIRL’, ‘We Don’t Play Guitars’ and ‘Art Rules’ and exhibited widely at a range of institutions internationally, including a survey exhibition project in 2010 at Dundee Contemporary Arts that gave rise to the monograph Chicks on Speed: Don’t art, fashion, music. SCREAM adds a new element into the Chicks on Speed Gesamtkunstwerk – an interactive app developed in residency at ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany that enables audience members to live compose and mix audio visual scenes projected into the gallery space. Unleashed through live performance on opening night (13 March, 6pm), SCREAM features a giant multifaceted sculptural object upon which Chicks on Speed project a visually chaotic collage. This sculptural structure functions as a stage, a canvas and a playable musical instrument both activated through Chicks on Speed’s extraordinary array of sounds, rhythms, words and image and ‘performed’ by visitors with ipads.  

Following a residency at Hobart’s MONA FOMA festival Chicks on Speed are artists in residence at Artspace through February and March 2013. In addition to SCREAM Chicks on Speed are presenting a collaborative project with New Zealand designer Lisa Walker from 28 February to 22 April 2013 at City Gallery Wellington.

2Ser Talking Through Your Arts
Art & Australia, Chicks on Speed: It’s all about performance, pages 46-467
BlouArtInfo, Chicks on Speed: SCREAM
The Brag, Chicks On Speed Don’t Music
Broadsheet, SCREAM at Artspace
Concrete Playground, 10 Best Art Month Sydney events
Concrete Playground, Chicks on Speed: SCREAM
Consume, Chicks on Speed:SCREAMaustralia 
Cult Mag, LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM, page 10
FBI Mornings with Stephen Ferris 
Honi Soit, Chicks on Speed: Digital Riot Grrrl
Radio National: Weekend Arts, Chicks on Speed: SCREAM
Sydney Morning Herald: Spectrum, Issue 6-7 April, What the …?, pages 10-11
the art life, SCREAM
TimeOut, 10 Best Art Month Sydney events 
The Vine, Chicks on Speed: “Julian Assange has an honesty that’s very similar to that of an artist”

Column 11 Essay:
Anno Domini but add another D by Eleanor Ivory Weber