senVoodoo

senVoodoo was a performance collective founded in Sydney by AñA Wojak, visual artist, and Fiona McGregor, writer. Active from 1999-2007, they reformed in 2008 to present a final work at the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide. Their work was almost always site specific with installation a crucial element. They performed in galleries, theatres, cabarets and parties across Australia, both solo as well as in larger interactive pieces with other artists. They performed live in Poland, and their video and installation work was shown internationally.

Spawned in the fertile ground of Sydney’s alternative party and cabaret culture, senVoodoo evolved an idiosyncratic body-based practise where endurance co-existed with a theatrical aesthetic.

Their work drew from diverse sources both within and without the artistic realm; cross-cultural ritual and spiritual signifiers formed a strong part of their vocabulary.

For millenia iconography of the wounded, bleeding or adorned body has been the location of drama, passion, sacrifice and redemption. It continues to have relevance in these times of plague, war and advanced technologies, which both enhance and deny the primal body. The inherent violence of breached skin can be seen as liberating, transcendental, beautiful or brutal; sometimes even comical. senVoodoo created rich theatrical statements using the visceral power of pain: the emotional is physical.