© Jo Simalaya Alcampo, they perform on friday and on saturday they respond to friday, 2011. Photo Henry Chan.
Philippines / Canada
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo is an interdisciplinary artist born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Malvern in the heart of Scarborough. Their interactive mixed media projects explore intersectionality, cultural/body memory and soul wounds. They combine various forms of artistic expression including sculpture, installation, sound art, electronics, photography, film/video and performance.
Jo’s multimedia work has been exhibited at the Antimatter Film Festival, Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Images Festival, Kapisanan Centre, Mayworks Festival, Nuit Blanche (Toronto) and XPACE Cultural Centre. Jo’s writing and multimedia work have been published in Pinoy Sa Canada, Fireweed Women’s Literary & Cultural Journal, and INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media & Radical Aesthetics. They have been accepted into the Diaspora Dialogues Mentorship Program and is developing a collection of writing for publication.
Jo travelled to the Philippines to learn how artists can develop an ethical code of conduct when incorporating Indigenous Cultural Knowledge into our artwork. One response to this ongoing journey is the interactive multimedia installation Singing Plants Reconstruct Memory.