Video Jam x Basquiat

Video Jam x Basquiat

28th January 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00

Contemporary artists from either side of the Atlantic pay homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat in a programme of commissioned short films scored live by Young Fathers, Ibibio Sound Machine and more. 

Tickets available from the Barbican's website here.

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Video Jam has been commissioned by The Barbican Centre in London to curate an event to accompany its upcoming exhibition Basquiat: Boom For Real - the UK’s first major retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work. 

For this, we have commissioned 7 filmmakers - based in either the UK or US - to create new short moving image works inspired by their personal take on Basquiat's work or influences. Upon completion, each film will be paired with a UK musician or sound artist to create an accompanying score, resulting in a series of unique audio/visual works that will be presented at a standalone event in the Barbican Hall.

The Barbican Centre’s exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on Basquiat’s personal relationship to music, literature, film and television. We’re excited to be working with a variety of artists at different stages in their career who will be drawing on these influences in their work across an eclectic range of genres. Each commissioned artist will gain access to groundbreaking research behind the Barbican's exhibition, and will have the opportunity to meet with the Video Jam curators in either London or New York City this summer to discuss their work. 

This project extends and develops an ongoing trajectory of Video Jam events responding both to exhibitions, such as the Colombo Art Biennale 2016, and the work of individual artists, including Jeremy Deller, Ryan Gander, Hedy Lamarr, Ryoichi Kurokawa and Igor Stravinsky.