Adam James’ work grows out of real life encounters. He appropriates these and migrates them through a process of deconstruction, before re-staging them as live art and film. His modality shifts between director, performer, choreographer and maker. At the core of his practice is an on-going exploration into the use of improvisation and game mechanics as means to generate choreographic content with the goal being to better understand personal, social and cultural constructs.
Adam James (b. 1978, Birmingham, UK) gained a Masters Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from The Royal College of Art (2005-07). Selected exhibition and residencies: LUPAFETE, 2013; ‘Climb Like a Cucumber Fall Like an Aubergine’, 2011, W139 Gallery, Amsterdam; ‘Exam’, 2011, Transition Gallery; ‘PROPS’, curated 2011, Yinka Shonibares Guest Project Space, ‘A Beggars Belief’, Conjunction 2010, Airspace Gallery; ‘The Scutler’, 2010, with boyleANDshaw, ICA Live weekender; ‘Manderlay’, 2009, John Jones Project Space; ‘The St Unicorns’ Trust’, 2009, with Lucy Pawlak, Alma Enterprises; ‘The Prometheus Syndrome’ 2008, Late at Tate Britain. Artist residences: Cite des Arts, 2008-06, Paris; Centro Portugues De Serigrafia, 2010, Lisbon. In 2012 he received PAL-LAB’s Movement and Meaning award to work with dancer Andrew Graham and £10,000 ACE funding for The Mudhead Dance performance.