Commercially pirated Hollywood actions, Nollywood dramas, and Bollywood musicals reach millions of Ugandans every month. VJs (or “video jockeys”—think interpreters + carney barkers + stand-up comedians) play a unique linchpin in this media ecology: they liberally translate these films into the local language. In 2012, Jahn collaborated with Paul Falzone, a tactical media organizer in East Africa, and three VJs to insert artwork onto commercially pirated DVDs and into bibanda (public video halls where bootlegs are shown).
In 2016, Jahn — who was weaned on martial art films — will collaborate with Bruce Lee fans in Uganda and elsewhere to create Sino-Afro-futurist dispatches sent to the past, present, and future. The resulting videos will be sent to outerspace and slinked onto bootlegs. Read more: creative-capital.org/projects/view/851