WINTER WITCHES is the musical and performance collaboration between Jason Sweeney & Em König.
Releasing their debut self-titled EP in 2016 they went on to feature on Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 for five consecutive weeks. They performed at the 2016 Adelaide Vegan Festival, at ‘House & Garden’ and ‘Temple of Love’ (St Jerome’s Laneway Festival events), and queer club nights Wild Style and Bona Drag. Winter Witches performed a sell-out three-night season at the Royal Croquet Club (Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017). These well-received, multimedia shows served as a preview for early sonic and visual Climate of Cruelty material.
Radio play has included FBi Radio, FreshFM, Radio Adelaide, Three D Radio, Radio Deepland (Brazil), Triple J Unearthed, JXFM Radio Tokyo, 3MDR, independent radio Berlin and they have featured in Zero Music (Sweden), Fritz Magazine livecast, The Sunday Experience (USA), Floorshime Zipper Boots (USA) and Australian Vegans Journal.
Winter Witches will be further developing Climate of Cruelty in December 2017 during their Seedpod residency at Punctum Inc. in Castelmaine, Victoria. They will be releasing their debut 7” (Water/Train) in October 2017, are currently writing their debut album and have plans for a regional tour later in the year.
JASON SWEENEY’s interdisciplinary practice in the last 17 years has been in the emerging, risk-taking and constantly developing fields of digital art and technology, music, sound installation, performance art, interactive community art projects, online art, curation, experimental film and screen culture.
Since 2003 he has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and organisations as well as directing and creating a number of his own interactive works for the internet and participatory community engagement projects for galleries and theatre spaces. As a composer of electronic music, he has also been releasing music internationally with two bands, Panoptique Electrical and Pretty Boy Crossover, via the record label, Sensory Projects. Music from the releases has been used since in short and feature films, as well numerous theatre and dance productions around the world.
Over the last few years Jason has made experimental feature film, The Dead Speak Back, and a trilogy of works focused on quietness, including major projects Stereopublic: Crowdsourcing the Quiet which won a TED City 2.0 Prize and the ongoing research odyssey, Quiet Ecology.
EM KÖNIG is a queer poet/fiction writer, lyricist, songwriter, musician and creative writing honours student at the University of Adelaide. He has had fiction, non-fiction and poetry published in Uneven Floor, Pure Slush, Truth Serum, On Dit, Flazeda, Australian Vegans Journal, Meniscus & Malevolent Soap among others. His recent writing contributions include How to Throw Mud in 2015, a spoken word event hosted by Feast Festival, and Queering the Museum in 2016 which asked queer artists to reimagine the histories of South Australian museum objects by allowing audiences to view them through a queer lens.
Em was recently awarded the 2016 John Harvey Finlayson Prize for Creative Writing and the 2016 Sir Archibald Strong Memorial Prize for English and Creative Writing. Em writes about ecofeminism, climate change, animal cruelty, queerness and nature and explores these subjects across disciplines.