"While Plato argued for the triumph of the rational over the sensorial, Richardson appears more interested in rehabilitating the latter."
Madeline Bogoch, Peripheral Review
"...akin to a journey through the heart of the materialist ego where the rigorous staging of space diversifies perspectives on the self and the media as portents of an apocalypse..."
Dominique Sirois-Rouleau, Esse
"...Richardson pushes past the surface, and shows us darkness at its heart."
Murray Whyte, Toronto Star
"Eschewing simulated realities, and narrative or figurative content, Richardson's pioneering of the Jawa style took video sampling to an extreme."
Christopher McKinnon, Luma Quarterly
"His investigation of images tests the limits of our cultural and perceptual boundaries, which he breaks apart and reconfigures with disturbing precision."
David Jager, NOW magazine
"...an intense, ambitious artist at the top of his game."
Richard Rhodes, Canadian Art
Culture making and Iconoclast since 1996
Tasman Richardson has exhibited extensively internationally. His primary practice consists of video collage using the JAWA method (The technique he pioneered in 1996), fully immersive media installations (Kali Yuga, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal 2019, Toronto 2021), and live a/v performances (Singapore Art Week 2021). His themes to date have been a critical response to recordings which he dubbed "contemporary necromancy", social media as a "voluntary surveillance state" and our mediated relationships with memory.
Q: What is Jawa technique?
A fully updated explanation of Jawa and how to go about doing it yourself is available in the manifesto PDF below. Workshops can also be arranged.