Project VJ Land was my first experience of being “main organizer” of the European project. Read more below…
VJ Land aims at supporting the innovative practice of VJing in Europe, and provide artists & youth workers with new digital tools for social inclusion.
VJing is the art of manipulating and animating digitalized visuals to create a live performance, the same way that DJing is the art of selecting and manipulating digitalized audio to create a live concert. VJs create and play with digital images in realtime, projecting them in specific spaces in synchronization to music and/or dance. This results in a live multimedia performance that can include music, actors, dancers and art installation. VJing is a ‘total art form’ that encompasses music/sound, visuals, digital tools, a site-specific installation and interaction between artist, audience and space. Our main objective is to teach our participants how to use VJing as an educational tool for young people, especially refugees, to think about space appropriation as a way of inclusion, self-expression and social commentary.
To achieve our goal, we brought together a group of 20 youth workers and young artists from 5 countries, and explored with them how to use VJing as a tool for community building and rural valorisation by creating workshops and performances in public spaces of Loket.
Our workshop in Czech Republic 15-28 June 2016 gave a chance to the participants to explore different arts in connexion to VJing: they animated workshops for each other, each artist according to their speciality: VJing, DJing, music, illustration… After this creative exploration, participants teamed up and designed a site specific performance taking place in a space of their chosing in Loket, using VJing and mixing it with their diverse artistic talents.This experiential learning phase will prepared them to animate a workshop for youngsters of the art school of Karlovy Vary and helped them develop their own performances in public spaces.