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 a new model for how live music can be presented. Would-be participants are encouraged to bring any portable equipment they like to pug-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 a creating participant-centred event. Core group members, volunteers, provide an open-mixer system for video and audio and that allowas participants patch their equipment into the multi-channel system, allowing everyone to contribute. 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 (aka Lloop), Geoff Matters (aka geoffGDAM), and Daniel Smith (aka Newclueless), 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. The DIY section of the share website gives instructions for how to set up a regular SHARE event in your own community.
SHARE has collaborated with many festivals and events in the context of 'Share.mobile', teaming up to create a forum for large scale audio/visual jams. Selected events have included Electroluxe in NYC, the PhonoTaktik festival in Vienna, SAT in Montréal Canada and at Transfert in Bordeaux France. SHARE @ PixelACHE, Montreal, and SHARE @ eLECTRONIC xTRAVAGANZ, the Kitchen, New York.