"...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 throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His practice uses primarily video collage using the JAWA method (The manifesto he authored in 1996), fully immersive media installations (Necropolis, MOCCA 2012), and live a/v performances. His most recent works include performances featured at X Avant festival Toronto (curated by Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red), screening at Impakt festival Utrecht, and performance at IAF festival Tokyo. His themes to date have been a critical response to the spectacular, emotionally potent illusion of media culture, which he dubbed contemporary necromancy or death culture. In spite of this, he has debated on behalf of video as a living art in our nation’s capital (Artengine with Ryan Stec) and enthusiastically teaches workshops on scavenging and generative live glitch art.

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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.

Download the JAWA manifesto