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Adam James


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 performer, choreographer, director and maker.

His work often uses absurd humor to disarm and engage on a deeper social level. For a long time his work has had a preoccupation with madness and its relationship to ritual, in particular the relationship of the mad person existing within the structures of society.

Previous work includes The Mudhead Dance (2012) performed at V22; Climb Like a Cucumber Fall Like an Aubergine (2012) performed at W139 Gallery; Exam (2011) performed at Transition Gallery and PROPS (2011) performed at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Project Space.

His work opens up new worlds, from which questions can be raised about how we ‘perceive’ our surroundings, and are in turn shaped by ritual, façade and gesture.

Date Title Venue City
27–29 March 2014 Playing to Lose Toynbee Studios
Performance still The Mudhead Dance (2012). Image courtesy of Lisa Duncan.