What The Fuck Is VJing?!Posted: October 29, 2008
Last Wednesday I performed at the opening of the Video Black group exhibition in the Joinery, which is part of DEAF 2008.
What The Fuck Is VJing?! is a project about… VJing. The title comes from the usual response I get from people when I tell them that I’m a VJ. For the project, I’ve been traveling to gigs in Dublin and Belfast, meeting other VJs, filming their sets and interviews about what we do and what it’s about.
We talked a lot about the potential of VJing as an emergent art form, and had less serious chats about our best and worst VJ moments, as well as more general topics such as the merits of using sampled clips and the merits of dividing VJs into genres…
When it came to presenting it all to the public it made sense to do a VJ set of the footage rather than make a conventional video, so on opening night I rocked into the Joinery with Dazboy, who very kindly did DJ duty for the night (thank you Daz!). It was a lot of fun.
The VJs who let me feature them in conversation and at work are: Christian S, Cool Hand Loop, Fisherprice, Ghost, Mercury Boy, Shakinda, Q The Monkey, Razz and Steve (Stasis). They all do their own thing and have different takes on the different aspects of the scene, so I’m going to post up the full interview transcripts here soon.
In the meantime, the video version of What The Fuck Is VJing?! is still in the Joinery until Saturday 1 November.