VJam Theory 


– Collective Writings on Realtime Visual Performance presents the major concerns of practitioners and theorists of realtime media under the categories of performance, performer and interactors, audiences and participators.

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VJam Theory is a collaborative written project on realtime audiovisual media and performance. The volume is experimental in its attempt to produce a collective theoretical text with a focus on a new criticality based on practitioner/ artist theory in which artist/ practitioners utilize theoretical models to reflectively look at their practices.


This is the third of a series called Small Projects, organized by VJ Theory that aimed at providing an arena for discussion dynamics around subjects related to mediated realtime performance. Aims of Small Projects were to investigate the practices from within, using tools available to online communication, as emails, blogs and chat rooms.


The writing of the central body of text of VJam Theory developed throughout three months by three groups of invited artists/ thinkers that posted on one of three blogs dedicated to one of the following themes: The performer, Performance and Interactors, Audiences and Participators. The result is an intense reflection of thoughts, interests and experiences of the writers. The broad community interested in the subjects in discussion participated through comments tot he posts. These comments were moderated and required registration and constitute a complementary layer of text that enriches the experimental concept of the book.


Collective group of writers are: Camille Baker, Michael Betancourt, Steve Buchanan, Brendan Byrne, Ana Carvalho, Jeremy Hight, Masha Ioveva, Michelle Kasprzak, Ilan katin, Mia Makela, Sam Meech, Patrícia Moran, Eugenio Tisselli and Elsa Vieira.

Edited by VJ Theory. Published by realtime books.


Source: VJ Theory



ISBN: 978-0-9558982-0-4



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VJing (2010) is a reproduction of the Wikipedia article VJing, based upon the revision of July 25th 2010 and was produced as a physical outcome of the wiki-sprint, a collaborative writing workshop that was held 2010 in the frame of Mapping Festival, Geneva. (Greyscale Press)

‘vE-”jA: Art + Technology of Live Audio-Video (2006) by Xarene Eskander is a global snapshot of an exploding genre of tech-art performance: VJing and live audio-video. The book covers 40 international artists with 400+ colour images and 50+ movies and clips on an accompanying DVD and web downloads. (VJ Book)



Autechre: Gantz Graf (2002) received widespread attention - perhaps more so than any previous output from Autechre; in interviews, Alex Rutterford stated that it achieved cult status in underground computer-generated imagery art circles. The video features an abstract object (or an agglomeration of objects) synchronized to the sounds in the music as it morphs, pulsates, shakes, and finally dissolves. (Wikipedia)

Carsten Goertz (*1981) works in interaction design, graphic design and media scenography projects. International practice as designer, lecturer and media artist in high profile design studios and institutions. Experimental and interdisciplinary orientation with strong conceptual skills and technological affinity. (Carsten Goertz)

Rubber Johnny (2005) by Chris Cunningham is six minutes and ten seconds of terror that fuses the music of Aphex Twin with his own unique visual style. The titular Johnny is a mutant kid stuck in a wheelchair who is shut in the dark by his parents and amuses himself and his pet dog by shape-shifting and raving. Chris himself plays the part of Johnny and the film itself became a kind of side project that evolved out of a 30 second promo for Aphex Twin's Druqks and took several years to complete for both the shooting and the editing. (Pixelsurgeon)

Michel Gondry (*1963) is a French film, commercial and music video director and an Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He is noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. Michel Gondry's career as a filmmaker began with creating music videos for the French rock band Oui Oui, in which he also served as a drummer. The style of his videos for Oui Oui caught the attention of music artist Björk, who asked him to direct the video for her song Human Behaviour. The collaboration proved long-lasting, with Michel Gondry directing a total of seven music videos for Björk. Other artists who have collaborated with Michel Gondry on more than one occasion include Daft Punk, The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, The Vines, Steriogram, Radiohead, and Beck. Gondry has also created numerous television commercials. (Wikipedia)

Ohi Ho Bang Bang (1988) - The music in this video was created from the sounds being played live during filming. The film actually shows what you hear. It is a collaboration between Holger Hiller, Akiko Hada and Karl Bonnie. (Holger Hiller)