Formed in 1997, Chicks on Speed are the dynamic international performance and fine art collaborative, made up of members Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan. The duo met at the Munich, Germany Academy of Fine Arts and it was here that their unique name was born… Whilst hanging up paintings for a Haus Der Kunst exhibition, the girls worked at such a rapid rate someone jested they work like chicks on speed. And so it began…

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Becoming more renown from the ’2000s, Chicks on Speed formed part of the musical genre – electroclash
 

 

This multi-disciplinary art ensemble dabbles in fashion, performance art, fine art, music and film. Chicks on Speed put emphasis on the DIY ethic and over-play it with strong Dadaist punk-inspired notions. Their art ranges from print and fashion to installation, photography and music; it covers a whole range of different styles and mediums but remains unique to Chicks on Speed. Along the way, there have been other members who have joined the two girls.

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Murray-Leslie and Logan focus on interactivity having recently released a print book-cum-bag of their work, a type of rationale compendium as well as a DIY guide. The self-titled, colourful publication gives you a typical ‘Chicks on Speed’ experience; unlike any other book, its textures and format will keep you busy for ages, not even to mention the content (with a bag and poster as extra). Hand-crafted and a little scrapbook-like, the book is designed by the girls themselves and is divided into periods of their lives, ‘Fake Band,’ ’Pressing the Press,’ and ’Sell Out.’

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Their work, as they deliver it to their audience, is like the press kit you always wish you could receive. Not the press release you receive way too often. Hands-on reading, Chicks on Speed, (Its a Project) is something you have to experience for yourself, as they say:

The Chicks’ studios are the stages, institutes, streets, theatres, shacks & palaces around the world. The High Art has seldom gone so messy & the Low is always high, dressed up or without dress at all, mixed into an audio / visual triggering frenzy of loops & cut up performances, one could ask ‘where are the shackles?’ More questions please, and don’t expect answers now. Come, look, listen, get angry dance & start a disturbance!

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Words: Bianca Budricks

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