Women have been accused of witchcraft for centuries. Both a symbol of threat to be destroyed and a disembodied power that can be removed from female hands. In the past, “Witch” has been used as a pejorative, referring to a weak person summoning a power beyond them in accomplishing something beyond their earthly abilities. WitchTech reclaims the term “Witch” as an earned symbol and updates the usage of “Craft” to “Tech” a more modern version of the two synonyms that has additional semantic baggage. Women were the original programmers, and yet with the rise of technological skill value, women were erased from that memory and have often since been assumed incapable of participating. In bringing technological “Witchcraft” to the stage we seek to remind you. We encourage purposeful and elegant technological solutions that add to a performance instead of distract. We aim to raise more questions than we answer, and to give women an opportunity to reclaim their voice and their space, through the magic that these tools provide access to. Tools are only useful when you know how to use them, and we do.
WitchTech is a trans-inclusive artists collective celebrating and discussing women's issues. Our performances are committed to representing the inner-worlds of women as the main characters of their own stories.
In standard American culture we’ve white-washed away a lot of the rites of passage that came through our ascendants. North America and the culture contained within is thirsty for an inheritance of something. We are the orphan teenagers and with that we grapple with ideas of culture differently than other societies that have it woven into their buildings and beliefs that lay unquestioned. In some ways we fight against that richness. We fight for the blank page. The idea that it’s all up to us -- this idea, which is both incredibly freeing and terrifying as a realization, we cling to. Our multicultural community seeks to interface with intelligence. What do you hold sacred? What are our rites and how can we be there for one another? How do I know what you need from me if we don’t decide? Where do we go If we don’t allow ourselves to be vulnerable and say what we’re experiencing?
This is where we begin to write our future ancient texts.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”- Arthur C. Clarke, The Three Laws
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