*Opportunity for New York based filmmakers*

In partnership with the Barbican Centre in London we are looking to commission artists to produce original short films, between 10 - 20 minutes in length, in response to Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first major uk retrospective of work by legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Artists may consider any aspect of Basquiat's work, life or legacy - and present day New York City - as inspiration for their work.

Upon completion, each film will be paired with a UK musician/sound arist to create an accompanying live scor to form one dynamic audio/vsual work whch will be presented and live scored at a standalone event as part of the Barbican's music programme later in the year.

More than any other exhibition to date, Basquiat: Boom for Real focuses on Basquiat's relationship to music, literature, film and television, placing him within the wider cultural context of the time. A famously self-taught artist, Basquiat sampled from a dizzying array of sources - from artist monographs to record liner notes to surrealist film - which have been the subject of rigorous new research, enabling the rich depth of his compositions to be understood as never before.

For our event we are aiming to compile a programme of work that reflects and explores the themes of the exhbition within a wide variety of genres; from experimental video, moving image installation, music video, narrative, archive/found footage, animation or documentary/essay film styles. Each successful applicant will gain access to groundbreaking research behind the exhibition, as well as opportunities to discuss their work in person with both the Video Jam curators in New York this summer, and relevant organisaitons and individuals. Artists will also be expected to be interviewed for a promotional film.


The essentials

  • Each successful applicant will receive a fee of £700 ($900 approx).
  • Films must be completed by 8th September 2017.
  • Films must be between 10 - 20 minutes in length.
  • Upon completion, films will be paired with a musician - chosen by Video Jam - who will compose an original accompaniment.
  • Final works will be presented / premiered at a standalone event at LSO St. Luke's in London (a partner venue with the Barbican) on 18th November 2017.


Person Spec

  • Dedicated and reliable. Maintains regular communication with Video Jam curators as to the progress of their work.
  • Applicants based in New York and available to meet with the Video Jam curators between June - July in NYC will be prioritised.
  • Has a strong interest in New York's DIY art scene and is interested in exploring the work and life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as their urban environment.
  • Can be at any stage of career, including students.


How to apply

Please send the following to Sarah at sarah.hill@videojam.co.uk -

  • Examples of past moving image work
  • CV (optional)
  • A brief proposal for how you might approach making a film in response to Basquiat and New York City. Feel free to include visual references / descriptions. Please bear in mind that the film must lend itself to being live scored; making a silent film will be part of your task.
  • State your availability between the beginning of June and the end of July to meet with the Video Jam curators at least once in NYC.
  • Please use the subject line 'Basquiat' and remember to include a link to your work online (with password if necessary).