Video Jam is an event series based in Manchester (UK) which commissions musicians of all genres to compose and live perform original accompaniment for short contemporary film & video. We are committed to creating unique events in interesting places which seek to challenge conventional ideologies within moving image and sound.
Video Jam is also dedicated to commissioning, producing and presenting new audio/visual work. This ongoing project facilitates emerging to mid-career artist filmmakers and composers with the means to work together over an extended period of time, whose final pieces are then staged in collaboration with cultural partners across the UK and beyond. To date we have hosted over 45 events in spaces including a hotel rooftop for the Colombo Art Biennale (Sri Lanka), a glass atrium at Manchester Art Gallery with artist Jeremy Deller, a series of vaults underneath Waterloo station (London), and one of the oldest synagogues in the UK at Manchester Jewish Museum.
Currently, we are working on an event commissioned by the Barbican Centre (London) to accompany their forthcoming exhibition Basquiat: Boom For Real – the UK’s first major exhibition of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat. For this, we have commissioned a number of New York based filmmakers to create new work inspired by their personal take on Basquiat’s creative influences, work and life. Our residency at Flux enables us to meet and work with artists based in NYC, undertake relevant field research and host a programme of events in conjunction with this project. More information here.
Video Jam are: Shereen Perera, Sarah Rowland Hill and Paul Evans.
Joining them on this residency is filmmaker and artist Scout Stuart,
who will be documenting their residency and making her own film.
Alongside Video Jam work, Shereen, Sarah and Paul have independent
projects as curators, creative producers and artists.
Shereen is a curator and creative producer with organisations
including In Place of War, Asia Trienniel & Colombo Art Bienniel. She
will be undertaking a Masters in Art and Politics at the University of
Goldsmiths (London) from September 2017.
Sarah is an artist under the name Rowland Hill, working between
performance, moving image, text and sound. Her practice considers and
disrupts systems of knowledge and ‘meaning’ that exist within
established forms of communication. Recent projects have taken
inspiration from death scenes in cinema, amateur radio in rural
Ireland, Google Translate, and literary apologias. She is currently
studying for an MA in Fine Art at the Slade (London).
Paul is a musician and multi instrumentalist currently working on his
own solo work. He has previously played in several Manchester based
Scout is a filmmaker, screenwriter and moving image artist. Her short
films have received funding and support from BFI.NETWORK, Esmée
Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council and Creative England and have been
screened at major international festivals including Edinburgh (EIFF)
and Palm Springs. Her debut feature script ‘Mud’ was selected for the
development scheme iFeatures 3 (Creative England, BFI, BBC Films and
Creative Skillset.) Her website is scoutstuart.co.uk.