MIA has said that she would like to have a hologram of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange join her on stage for live performances.
The London born artist has a busy summer of festival appearances ahead of her and spoke to Time Out about the possibility of collaborating with some of the artists she will share the bill with at festivals around Europe and America.
She admitted that is not something that interests her, but did express a desire to team up with Assange via hologram and have him factor into her live show. “I’m really boring like that. That’s an American hip-hop thing [on-stage collaborations], and I want a whole bunch of other shit. It would be nice to have a hologram of Julian Assange.”
Assange would not be able to join MIA on stage as he is currently living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.
In 2012, MIA worked with Assange to create music for his short lived television show, The World Tomorrow. She also her 2011 mixtape ‘Vicki Leekx’ after Assange’s media organisation. The exiled Assange introduced MIA at a live show in New York last year via a video link.
MIA also revealed the identity of somebody else she wants to incorporate into her stage show. “I want this tiny dancer from Africa – he’s the only guy on the planet who can dance as fast as he does. I think I’ll have to actually go there and help him get a passport.”
MIA will perform at Lovebox Festival in London this July. She is also scheduled to appear at Sasquatch!, Bestival and Benicassim.