[REM]EMBER

[REM]ember is an ongoing project that calls attention to the ways in which Black communities and other marginalized peoples are unable to occupy certain public spaces and engage in healing practices. Mia Imani Harrison and JOY MA worked with local, cultural organizers to install the work in five public spaces over two months in the Summer of 2018. Participants of the installation were guided through meditative sound baths by Mia and rocked to rest by sounds created and curated by JOY MA. Mia worked with local fabric shops to gather materials and created the concept of a physical dream chrysalis for participants to rest in. Mia and JOY MA constructed the dream chrysalis at each installation site including the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park.


Top Left : Meditative sleep in Cal-Anderson Park Seattle; Top Right: Mia Imani Harrison and JOY MA in sleep protest at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Park Sculpture; Bottom Left: Participant resting on sleep pads; Bottom Right: JOY MA playing sounds for participants during performance at Prairie Underground in Seattle.

Top Left : Meditative sleep in Cal-Anderson Park Seattle; Top Right: Mia Imani Harrison and JOY MA in sleep protest at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Park Sculpture; Bottom Left: Participant resting on sleep pads; Bottom Right: JOY MA playing sounds for participants during performance at Prairie Underground in Seattle.

[REM]EMBER Installation; Sound Art and Music Curation by JOY MA!; Concept and Design by Mia Imani Harrison; Installation Team: Mia Imani Harrison, JOY MA!, Erica Cartwright (Architect) All sounds in featured video created and arranged by JOY MA except one song sampled and manipulated titled Gangsta Shit by Outkast.

Mia Imani Harrison (left)  and JOY MA (right) performing at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Park Sculpture Park. JOY MA’s headdress beaded and designed by JOY MA herself.

Mia Imani Harrison (left) and JOY MA (right) performing at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Park Sculpture Park. JOY MA’s headdress beaded and designed by JOY MA herself.

Lover of Low Creatures feat. JOY MA

Lovers of Low Creatures is a coming-of-age tale about a black, mixed-race disabled girl living in a forest with her white mother. Magical shadow creatures and East-African inspired rituals are an integral part of this work. NEVE is the creator and writer of LOLC. JOY MA is creating the soundscape, contributing original musical work, singing, and dancing for the production. All music in featured video is composed and produced by JOY MA. Vocals are by JOY MA as well. JOY MA is also doing movement work along with NEVE behind the scrim in the video. This excerpt was a part of the “i wanna be with you everywhere” performance festival produced in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and showcased at Performance Space New York.

I wanna be with you everywhere is a gathering of, by, and for disabled artists and writers and anyone who wants to get with us for a series of crip meet-ups, performances, readings and other social spaces of surplus, abundance and joy.  It refuses policies of individuation and inclusion in favor of (and in the flavor of) whatever disability aesthetics has in bodymind. We won’t know what this is ‘til it shows us, but we do know that disability communities don’t only make art about disability. ;) [winky face emoticon] (http://arika.org.uk/programming/i-wanna-be-you-everywhere)

JOY MA behind scrim as shadow creature in Lovers of Low Creatures at Performance Space New York.

JOY MA behind scrim as shadow creature in Lovers of Low Creatures at Performance Space New York.

JOY MA behind scrim as shadow creature in Lovers of Low Creatures at Performance Space New York.

JOY MA behind scrim as shadow creature in Lovers of Low Creatures at Performance Space New York.

NEVE performing while JOY MA is dancing behind scrim. Text on wall is transcribed live by interpreter at the festival.

NEVE performing while JOY MA is dancing behind scrim. Text on wall is transcribed live by interpreter at the festival.

Key Lime Sunshowers ReWERK by JOY MA


A remix of songs by sound and performance artist JOY MA. Video clip taken from JOY MA's performance at queer, trans, and people of color centered party, Night Crush in Seattle January 2019. Songs sampled in this song include: Sunshowers by M.I.A., Key Lime OG by Rico Nasty, Jealous by Labrinth, and Peanut Butter by La Chat.