I am an avant-garde performance-artist, poet, photographer
and chronic-contrarian who is currently occupying wall street. We The SITCHAASSDOWN Focus Group Tour (SFGT) perform
via my theatrical experiment "Shock and Awe with a Political
Aftertaste", highlighting the irony and lies of the media, the status quo
and politics as fodder dissected and fed to an interactive audience. The audience who are never spectators, are transformed and galvanized into participants.
We enjoy being a devil's advocate
through oxymoronic "forth-wall-breaking" characters who reveal their
humanity through "Id-induced actions" including BKWT realizing “They
loved Bob (Marley) but hated ME”.
BKWT engages in BLACKface for profit in
Committing that Black on Black Crime Called Blackface, a clash between
minstrel-misery and a Pee-Wee Herman’s Playhouse-esk set.
400 Years (which premiered at the Bk Museum in 2011) questions the presence of injustice in the
21 century by recreating high tech lynchings, such as that decried
by Clarence Thomas in 1991, referencing the recent low-tech lynchings of Troy Davis
and main-street Americans-post Wall Street bailout.
400 Years' fourth-wall breaking protagonist Rhea Lized
ultimately connects to the infinite power of love. After the shock of Shock and
Awe, 400 Years cuts the cord of
America’s conversation on race and replaces it with a conversation with the
divine. As Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda implores, “Let us extinguish the
flames of hatred with a flood of dialogue.” This is our NEW Patriot Act!
We think satire is the
best way to engage the rational mind.
Laugh through the pain, creating a
provocative amalgam of farce and socio-political truth.
The SFGT will be administering the PRP
(Post-Racial Poll), a survey about race relations given to people of all ethnic
and racial backgrounds throughout the U.S.A. in 2012 to dispel myths, heal and
CHECK OUT MY STIRRING TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij7612lMAUo
SILENCE IS SUICIDE -The SITCHAASSDOWN Focus Group Tour Members:
Michael Paul Britto
Dr. Annie Seaton
Director of THE DIFFERENCE AND MEDIA PROJECT
Office of Multicultural Affairs – Bard College
Special thanks to our funders and friends: (green for GO and green for funding:)
Mr. Hollis King
Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art
Urban Arts Initiative
THE DIFFERENCE AND MEDIA PROJECT Bard College
Colin Powell Center for Policy Study
National Endowment for the Humanities
Harlem Community Arts Fund
African Women’s Poetry (sitchaassdown poems were recently published)
for Arts and Learning (premiered the AliceInNegroLand video)
Materials For The Arts
LMCC/Creative Capitol Artist Summer Institute
WBAI/PACIFICA RADIO 99.5FM Dred Scott Keyes!
Please check back frequently and join me on this journey towards liberty and justice for all!
To infinity and beyond