IntroductionArtistic Directors, Instigators:
Bark Cloth Painters:
Paul Kintur and Ellis Muganga
Video Halls (or "bibanda") are often no more than small huts where viewers pay a few cents to watch pirated DVDs on diesel-powered television screens. In the majority of villages and towns, they are the only form of popular visual entertainment, reaching millions of Ugandans every month. “VJs” are local performer/pirates who translate Hollywood action movies, Nollywood dramas, Bollywood musicals, and pornography into the primary local language of Luganda, acting as both translator and commentator, making jokes, providing context, and operating as nodes of distribution to the bibanda. There exists no tradition of experimental video in Uganda — until now.
Video Slink Uganda is a multi-part project of curated short-form experimental videos by contemporary African and African-American artists that were translated by VJs and burned onto pirated DVDs that play before the main feature film. Each of these videos appropriate and subvert mainstream cinematic tropes, using repetition, simultaneity, and the compression of time and space as a way to question customary modes of perception.