If you find your self in New York City, I would like to recommend you to go to Share. Every sunday evening they throw an event labeled as “open stage multimedia jam”. First and foremost it is a place where you can explore different expressions in a variety of art forms. It´s all about ongoing collaborative and performative processes and cultural exchange. A place to meet, discuss and exchange ideas. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment, plug into their system and improvise on other´s signal and perform live audio and video.
It takes place in an old can factory in Brooklyn at a venue called The Issue Project Room – their mission is well described under Mission on their site: “ISSUE Project Room provides an open and versatile environment where both established and emerging artists can conduct, exhibit and perform new and site-specific work according to their respective visions. Through an evolving collaboration with curators, artists and educators, ISSUE Project Room fosters a wide-range of artistic projects that challenge and expand conventional practices in art.”
A couple of details from Share.dj:
“Audio jam: Prepared and spontaneous music from eight plus simultaneous performers. This is the time and place to perform a piece of music you’ve written and hear it on a large sound system, improvise spontaneously with other participants, get feedback on your latest project or try out that new max patch/software setup. Bring your noise maker of choice and an XLR, quarter-inch or RCA cable to join.
Video jam: multi-user live video synthesis. Generating an immersive visual environment, in the SHARE tradition, in which multiple participants are able to jointly compose the video output. Try out and learn about new VJ wetware. As with the audio, walk-in sets are encouraged. Bring your clips or camera or laptop/amiga and VGA, S-Video, or RCA cables to join.”
The idea of doing something like this in Stockholm is very appealing to me! Get in contact if you feel the same vibe!