In January 2014, Video Jam was invited and commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery to organise an event in response to Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller’s Hayward Touring Exhibition ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.’ We compiled a programme of short films with original live accompaniment to reflect and explore the exhibition’s socio-political themes within a wide variety of genres.
As curators, the invitation gave us a brilliant opportunity to delve into Manchester’s rich social history, and to select musicians and filmmakers we felt represented the different pockets of culture Manchester has to offer. The programme featured an eclectic selection of contemporary and older films paired with a diverse array of musicians from folk singers to experimental electronic duos, including an extract from ‘Steel’ (1945) by Jack Cardiff. Here is a film digest from the event which attracted an audience of over 1,000.
Film by Plastic Zoo.