Video Jam is an independent event series dedicated to curating, commissioning and presenting films with live musical accompaniment. We create events in response to a site or theme, featuring work by artists at all stages in their career and within any field of moving image and sound.
Conceptualised and run by a small team of artists and creative producers, Video Jam emerged in 2012 out of the grassroots arts scene in Manchester (UK) and has since presented over 45 events across the UK and beyond. As an organisation the series have no regular venue or base, and continue to host events in unusual spaces - including a hotel rooftop, a glass atrium, underground vaults and one of the UK's oldest synagogues - attracting consistently large audiences of up to and over 1,000. We have worked to commission with the Barbican Centre, the Wellcome Collection, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, and hosted events internationally at venues such as the Knockdown Centre (Brooklyn, NY), Flux Factory (Queens, NY), CANVAS (Ibiza, Spain), Colombo Arts Bienniele (Sri Lanka), and Hyperlocal Festival (Argentina). In 2015 Video Jam was shortlisted for a Sky Arts Scholarship.
We remain keen to support young people with all levels of experience and have organised workshops and talks for organisations including Brighter Sound, BBC Philharmonic Studios, Northern Film + Media, Whitworth Young Contemporaries and Blaze Festival, and collaborated with students at Falmouth University, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Manchester School of Art. Our events consistently programme emerging and mid career artists alongside one another, working across all areas of film and music. Artists and filmmakers we have worked with include Hetain Patel, Soda_Jerk, Jade Montserrat, Simon Faithfull, Maryam Tafakory, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Jeremy Deller, Ephraim Asili and Mitra Saboury. Musicians and sound artists include Ibibio Sound Machine, Oliver Coates, Sacred Sounds Women's Choir, Seaming To, Young Fathers, Val-Inc, Micah Gaugh, Dieter Moebius and Meklit.
"Leading audiovisual masterminds." - Time Out
"An exceptional event." - Creative Tourist
“Video Jam continues to convert the masses with a concept that is simple yet effective, and one wonders why something like this hasn’t been done before, while feeling glad that it is happening now.” - Andrew Anderson, musician and journalist
"Video Jam plays a key role in ‘knitting together’ the arts landscape in the city through their work with emerging artists, filmmakers and musicians. A great strength of the Video Jam team is their ability to create experiences which appeal on multiple levels to a very wide-ranging audience." - Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate Modern
“One of Manchester’s most innovative nights.” - Manchester Wire
"An exciting and unpredictable one-off experience." - Huck magazine
"A night of seamless programming.' - The Skinny
"Video Jam has opened up audience and artist perspectives to a new way of engaging with both film and music simultaneously, taking events to some very unexpected places with huge results." - Rivca Burns, Director of Sounds From The Other City