Nine Night Party

remembering mervin Jarman:  a nine-night party

When Jamaican multimedia artist, creative technologist, and social change instigator mervin Jarman died unexpectedly in February 2014, he left behind friends, communities, artists and collaborators all over the world. In February 2016, a nine night party was held in Toronto to honour mervin and his contribution to community media arts.  More than 50 guests were in attendance, and more skyped in from Australia, USA and Jamaica. The event was live streamed over youtube and there was music, arts activities, food, a performance by youth spoken word artist Amira and young people from Regent Park Focus who covered the event for an upcoming episode of RPTV. mervin traveled the world to put technology into the hands of hard to reach young people.

more about mervin

mervin was the founder of the Container Project, a media lab housed in a shipping container in his hometown of Palmers Cross, Clarendon, Jamaica and the iStreet Lab, a customizable low-cost, digital media production platform in a mobile garbage bin. mervin was driven by his desire to help young people transform- “Like them, at one point in my life, I used to be called ‘rubbish’; therefore, I wanted to show them that something productive can come out of rubbish,”  Packed with multimedia equipment, the iStreet lab transformed street corners into fully functioning recording studios.  His creative pedagogy uplifted marginalized communities in Canada, Jamaica, Australia, and the UK.

Check out mapping mervin- an international storymap

The mapping mervin project invites participation by communities who were inspired by mervin, artists who collaborated with him, academics who wrote about him, and friends who mourn the loss of him. This project creates opportunities for the Caribbean diaspora and beyond to be inspired by mervin, by media and stories, and by creating art and creating community.

Visit or contribute to the mapping mervin project online at: