Jo SiMalaya Alcampo

© 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.

they perform on friday and on saturday they respond to friday | curated by claude wittmann

Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Yumi Onose
Simon Rabyniuk

They see us. They perform in front of us. We see them perform. We see them. They feel us. They perform near us. We feel their work. We feel them. Something happens. Something goes through us. Something goes through them. They process the encounter. We process too. We eat. We sleep. We dream. We think. We all come back the next day. We see them. They see us. We see their response to the day before. We see more. Way more. We feel more. They feel more. Way more.

Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Yumi Onose and Simon Rabyniuk perform on Friday and the next night they present a new work in response to the previous evening’s performance, creating an interrelated series of actions that exist in dialogue with each other. This situation challenges the artists to work directly and immediately with site, a changing and repeating audience and to consider the impact and influence of working side by side over a duration of time.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer