Today we’re announcing an eclectic line-up of musicians, filmmakers and films for next month’s Video Jam @ MJM. Exploring concepts of faith and ritual, and set within the stunning environment of Manchester’s oldest synagogue, this Video Jam promises to be a unique night like none other.
Musicians include acclaimed band, Flamingods, Liverpool-based composer and instrumentalist, Alex Cotrell, electronic music duo, Metaphysical Human and Manchester’s multi-faith choir, the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir. Musicians will be performing in response to films including ‘Twelfth Man’, a short film exploring the collective ‘faith’ of Sunderland and Newcastle football fans, ‘Taklif’, an abstract yet lyrical story of religion, and an extract from renowned film ‘Baraka’.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund*, Video Jam @ MJM is part of the museum’s ambitious ‘syna-gig’ season, helping the museum explore new ways of bringing its beautiful and historic landmark attraction to life. Feedback from each event will help the museum further develop its ongoing cultural programme and exciting longer-term plans to fully restore the synagogue complete with a museum extension housing new galleries, learning and event spaces.
Video Jam spokesperson, Shereen Perera said, “Video Jam @ MJM is the most diverse programme we have curated so far. From a 30 person women’s choir to an electronic duo to a hip hop rap artist all using their creative license to compose an original score to a film we have paired them with.
Video Jam’s concept is rooted in the artists having ‘blind faith’ in each other. Filmmakers and us as curators have no input in the musician’s creative process. It’s fitting that this event explores different kinds of faith, set in a former place of worship.”
Baraka (extract, dir. Ron Fricke) scored by Flamingods
Twelfth Man (dir. Duane Hopkins) scored by Layfullstop
Brébeuf (dir. Stephen Broomer) scored by Alex Cottrell
In Search of Silent Landscapes (extract, dir. Webb-Ellis) scored by Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir
Taklif (dir. Maryam Tafakory) scored by Metaphysical Human
*Manchester Jewish Museum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a major museum development project. The project will result in a new museum extension that will house new galleries, learning and event spaces. The museum’s historic synagogue building will also be fully restored. Development funding of £426,900 has also been awarded to help the museum progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £2.8million at a later date.
The museum plans to create a new visitor experience, exploring themes in its collection, such as immigration, integration and identity. New galleries will tell the story of Manchester’s Jewish community, including a dedicated gallery about the many Holocaust survivors that settled in Manchester. Volunteers will help catalogue and digitise the museum’s collection in a new archive room and new spaces will be developed with local Cheetham Hill communities to explore and celebrate Manchester’s diverse cultural heritage.