James brings to life characters, rituals and events that look at the place of ritual and play in contemporary societies. He is influenced by ethnographic and anthropological studies producing participatory performances and games, which generate documentation and objects portraying evolutionary steps.
His practice has developed from an on-going interest into the social, cultural and gestural qualities that define a group or individual as being inside or outside of the whole. Through stress testing fictional societies, James works seek to question social and cultural constructs.
Living under bracken shelters in Sherwood Forest for 8 days in 2014, James worked with a group of 8 artists and a baby to trace the origin of a fictional isolated woodland people. Recently, he has used dereliction as the backdrop and catalyst for a series of non-verbal midnight pervasive performances that seek to imagine a brighter future.
His 2014 solo show ‘Wasteland Rituals’ at Legion-TV gallery marked the culmination of a 3-month research period during which 5 artists lived between the gallery and small woodlands in Hackney. Resulting in an object and ritual based conversation between fictional communities and forest-based interlopers.
In 2013, Artsadmin chose James as one of their bursary award winners. His subsequent artist research and participation in the Nordic Larp scene led him across Europe and to develop new performances involving Lapers. Subsequently James‘ brought UK Dancers and Danish Larpers together for a performance about at Siobhan Davies which and has since been a key figure in establishing the Nordic Larp scene in London.
Born in Birmingham (UK), Adam James has been performing, running Larps and exhibiting nationally and internationally since 2007 at programmes such as The Artist and the City (Stoke on Trent), Knutpunkt (Sweden), LUPA (London), V22 Summer Club (London) and at spaces such as the Jerwood Space (London), ICA (London), Tate Britain (London), W139 (Amsterdam), Legion-TV (London), Siobhan Davies Dance (London), Vitrine Gallery (London). He has collaborated with choreographers Hamish MacPherson, Andrew Graham, artist’s boyleANDshaw, Frank Millward and has recently been awarded the Artsadmin Bursary, 4 successive Arts Council England grants and is currently on a one year residency at Tate Learning.