Described as “one of Manchester’s most innovative nights” (Manchester Wire), Video Jam is an ongoing series of unique experimental events that seek to explore and re-examine the relationship between moving image and sound. Since its inception in January 2012, the collective have worked with over 280 artists, completed residencies in Ibiza and Falmouth, collaborated with multiple collectives and organisations including Abandon Normal Devices and Manchester Art Gallery, released an album and worked with international and award winning artists such as Dieter Moebius, Jeremy Deller and Phil Solomon.
Our programmes feature a wide variety of short films of all genres, from amateur and professional artists alike. For each of these films we commission a different musical act to compose an original soundtrack of their own interpretation to be performed as a live accompaniment, resulting in what we call a ‘blind collaboration’. As curators, we act as the go between, bringing together these two elements to create a new, third entity to be witnessed as a live experience.
Whilst our priority for all our events is to showcase the most exciting and interesting work we can find, our emphasis is always on variety, with no bias towards any particular genre or medium. Video Jam’s objective is to create events which stimulate conversation, forge new creative partnerships and challenge an audience’s understanding of these two mediums and their unlimited potential.
Video Jam are Sam Hughes, Shereen Perera, Sarah Hill, Michael Seal and Paul Evans