Video Jam Takeover (part of Manchester Science Festival)

Video Jam Takeover

Friday 20th October || 7-10pm || Fossils Gallery, Manchester Museum || FREE - Reserve a place here.

Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

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We have been invited by Manchester Science Festival to curate a special programme of short films with live musical accompaniment in the cinematic backdrop of the Fossils Gallery at Manchester Museum. We have chosen science related films about evolution, minerals, anatomy, animals and archive material generously provided by the Wellcome Collection. The film genres span from abstract to animation to cartoons to archive footage. Each film will be scored by a local Manchester based musician/band.


  • Kelly Jayne Jones

    Kelly Jayne Jones is a Manchester based artist who is making work that combines performance art, installation, sound and music Her work is largely based upon the electroacoustic composition tradition with the use of graphic scores, instructions, actions, movement, installation-performance, and audience participation/interaction. She is interested in creating a multi-sensory experience, of sight, sound, smells, space, interaction, communication and exchange. Her recent work has been based upon the themes of the unconscious and asking how can art have the potential to be a supportive environment to explore visceral emotion, psychological awareness and performance as a site for transformation; interpersonally and communally. KJJ has collaborations with Hannah Ellul (White Death), Greta Buitkute (Clout then Grappling) and Andie Brown from These feathers have plumes. She was one half of the group part wild horses mane on both sides, which disbanded in 2016. She has performed across Europe in various DIY venues and has been commissioned for works with various projects at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London and CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival & Kunsthalle Bergen Norway, Tectonics contemporary music festival, Hangar Bicocca gallery Milan and the Huddersfield contemporary music festival (hcmf). She has just completed a month residency at the LEGROOM space in Manchester.
  • Vandepeer Quartet

    The Vandepeer Quartet were formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and have been playing in their current formation for 2 years under the tutelage of Petr Prause (cellist of the Talich quartet) and Donald Grant (second violinist of the Elias quartet). They can frequently be seen performing around the UK and have been invited to give recitals at the Buxton Pavillion, Whitworth Art Gallery and Heron Theatre, amongst others. They gave performances as finalists of the RNCM's Weil Prize in both 2014 and 2017, and in 2016 they won the Sir John Barbirolli/Lawrence Turner memorial award. In the summer of 2017, they were invited to the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival as international artists, where they took part in masterclasses and recitals, including performing Dvorak’s piano quintet in A major with pianist and tutor Daniel Tong. The quartet's repertoire is wide ranging and as well as performing works from the core repertoire for string quartet, they have showcased pieces by relatively unknown composers such as Szervansky's 1st quartet, which they performed in the RNCM concert hall as part of 'Budafest' 2017, and the Novacek string quartet. They share an enthusiasm for new music and have performed works for various sized ensemble and electronics by Tansy Davies in the Wigmore Hall. They also took part in a collaboration with composer Percy Hearne to create the score for two short films, “The Last Word” (by Alex Moore) and “The Keeper” (by Antony Morris), which the award for Best Score at the MSA film awards 2017. The quartet's members are Ana Vandepeer (Violin 1) Bec Perry (Violin 2), Becky Stephenson (Viola), Ellie Boney (cello).
  • Jaydev Mistry

    Jaydev Mistry – has been a part of the Manchester music scene for over 20 years – is a guitarist, percussionist and music technologist. He has designed and built an augmented guitar, which is populated with various sensors that allow him to manipulate his guitar sound, enabling him to create deep and lush musical soundscapes. He has collaborated with artists such as Nitin Sawhney (session 72: Contact Theatre) and the Kaliphz. Jaydev has performed in many bands including, Timeless Love Orchestra, Giddy and B.B and Me, performing in venues including Band on the Wall, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Exchange, the Pompidou Centre and the Hackney Empire. Jaydev also specialises in composition and sound design for theatrical productions, and has been commissioned by companies such as Red Ladder Theatre Company, Theatre in the Mill, Greater Manchester Music Action Zone and BBC Radio 4.
  • Bethlehem Casuals

    Bethlehem Casuals are a 7 piece ‘DIY world music’ band, featuring a collaboration of instrumentalists and sounds ranging from Welsh folk cello and Bulgarian percussion, to jazz saxophone and rock and pop. Some say it was fate, some say common interest, but the Casuals bring grooves, tribal vibes and a lot of fun to any stage. Bethlehem Casuals have been described as a ‘red stripe drinking, jerk chicken eating, Rasta wananbes’ with the band’s influences being drawn from a vast array of places including Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Tropicallia, Rock, Reggae and Ska. Always displaying a spectrum of colour, the Casuals have brought their sound to a diverse number of venues including Gorilla, Hootenany, art galleries, barber shops and a polytunnel…
  • Paul Evans

    A Video Jam rarity - our very own Paul Evans will be scoring his second film in 6 years (the first one being in New York for our residency at Flux Factory). Paul has played in various local Manchester bands and is currently embarking on his own solo music project.
  • Rebekah Reid

    Rebekah Reid is a vibrant and versatile violinist specialising in classical and jazz performance, improvisation and composition. Originally from South East London, Rebekah studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Catherine Yates and Pavel Fischer. Rebekah is currently based in Manchester working as a freelance musician and violin teacher. Her ethos and aims as an artist are to ‘break down the traditional conventions, stereotypes and boundaries evident within classical music.’ Rebekah performs as a classical soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in a number of professional engagements in the UK and abroad. She has performed in prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buckingham Palace and Suntory Hall in Japan. She is also a member of the Chineke! Orchestra – Europe’s first BME classical orchestra founded in 2015 by the renowned double bassist; Chi-Chi Nwanoku. Rebekah has performed with the ensemble across the UK and Europe for the past two years, with the most notable performance being at this year’s BBC Proms on 30th August 2017. Rebekah is extremely passionate about new and original music and works with a variety of contemporary and experimental ensembles.
  • Carmel Smickersgill

    Carmel Smickersgill is 21 and in her fourth year of undergraduate study with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has received a number of awards for her composition, including the 2016 Edward Hecht award, winner of the 2015 Ludlow English song festival’s composition competition and the 2015 Terrence Greeves award for big band composition. She has previously been a resident composer with Brighter Sound as well as writing for the new music collective No Dice, ensembles such as the BBC singers, Psappha and CoMA as well as the concert series Decontamination. She is also a competent guitarist and currently plays with the MSC Big Band as well as running her own contemporary Jazz ensemble SMUDGE.
  • Vimukthi Jayasundara

    Vimukthi is an internationally acclaimed director known for his surreal films that erase the borders between fiction and documentary, cinema and visual art. He made his directorial debut with the Forsaken Land (2005), which won the Camera d’Or for best first feature at Cannes. Jayasundara followed this with Between Two Worlds (2009), which competed at the Venice Film Festival, and has been shown at over 100 festivals internationally. In appreciation of Vimukthi’s contribution to local and international cinema, he was decorated with ‘Kalakeerthi’ – the highest national honour for arts and culture in Sri Lanka.
  • Alice Dunseath

    Alice is a London based filmmaker and animation director. She works with materials, liquids, chemicals, crystals or elements that have a life of their own. Choreographing them around the screen to music or sounds to make visual poetry that encourages viewers to contemplate the bigger picture. She is also an Associate Lecturer in Animation at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
  • Webb-Ellis and Jade Montserrat

    Jade Montserrat is a UK based research-led artist with a BA in The History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in Drawing from Norwich University of Art. Webb-Ellis are British/Canadian artist filmmakers whose films, installations and performances investigate the problem of representation, and the line between self and other. Working collaboratively, Webb-Ellis and Montserrat have produced a series of vignettes which blur distinctions between performance and film.
  • Harry Chaskin

    Harry Chaskin is a writer, director, and stop-motion animator. He strives to tell character driven stories using classic handmade techniques. Harry has helmed projects for Netflix, Adult Swim, Warner Bros, DC Comics, Disney, and many others. He co-created the Annie-nominated web series Friendship All-Stars with L/Studio and Stoopid Buddy and recently directed Netflix's first stop-motion series, Buddy Thunderstruck. His short film Bygone Behemoth premiered at SXSW and went on to screen at dozens of festivals internationally, picking up several awards along the way. Other notable credits include Robot Chicken, WWE Slam City, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, and commercial collaborations with PES. He is currently in production on a pulpy live-action/stop-motion hybrid film called Steel Cut Oats and a comic book series about the seedy underbelly of theme parks.
  • Archive Footage from the Wellcome Collection

    'The Age Of Promise (1956)' - A film made for a wide audience about the discovery of antibiotics. This (the 1950s) is 'an age of promise' illustrated with space age science fiction comics and images of scientific discovery beyond the telescope and under the microscope.
  • Jan Svankmajer

    After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre. He began making short films in 1964, and continued working in the same medium for over twenty years, when he finally achieved his long-held ambition to make a feature film based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (Alice (1988)). He has also exhibited his drawings, collages and 'tactile sculptures', many of which were produced in the mid-1970s, when he was temporarily banned from film-making by the Czech authorities. He has been a card-carrying member of the Prague Surrealist Group since 1969.
  • Archive Footage from the Wellcome Collection

    'Five Male Acrobats (1934)' - Originally part of Birmingham University's medical archive this film shows acrobats somersaulting, balancing and completing other exercises in order to demonstrate the action of muscles and functions of the locomotor system.