SHARE is a worldwide community that opens up new spaces for audio/visual performance. At a multitude of local meeting points from New York to Australia to Sweden, SHARE members provide a venue in their communities to welcome walk-in performers, offering an open-mixer system for video and audio that allows participants patch their equipment into the multi-channel system, allowing everyone to contribute. Would-be participants are encouraged to bring any portable equipment they like to plug-in for open jams, not only laptops, but drum machines and grooveboxes, keyboards, gameboys, guitar pedals, cassette decks, circuits, microphones, projectors, lightboxes, LEDs and any other conceivable portable equipment. Sessions are open to any and all, and everyone is encouraged to share ideas and give feedback, creating an open and constructive atmosphere: a sound workshop where people can trade, talk and listen.
SHARE reflects a new sociology of performance by creating a participant-centred event. The traditional one-way concert is usurped by new forms, becoming a weekly forum, a laboratory, a free multimedia jam. Evenings always begin with impromtu performances, spontaneous collaborations between anyone, and also regularly feature curated performances as time and space allow.
SHARE was founded New york in 2001 by Barry Manalog, Rich Panciera, Geoff Matters, and Daniel Smith, and Keiko Unishi (aka O.Blaat) has been a frequent participant in the events since the early days. The NYC chapter, like others around the world, is a non-profit organization, its status made possible through the support of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
SHARE has collaborated with many festivals and events in the context of 'Share.mobile' – including club transmediale in 2004 –, teaming up to create a forum for large scale audio/visual jams and to promote the community’s basic ideas.
The two day SHARE.MOBILE during CTM.07 brings together SHARE activists from various locations around the globe: Elsa Vieira, Daniel Vatsky, Eric Redlinger, Daniel Smith, Anton Marini and Keiko Uenishi from SHARE NYC; Marie-Hélène Parant and Katherine Libero vs. Kaya from SHARE Montréal, Chris Noelle from SHARE Berlin (currently in its founding process), Péter Szabó and Alexandra Szeleznyeva from the SHARE group in Budapest, Chris Schuerholz from SHARE in Wiesbaden and others.