SAM JAMES

AV DESIGNER - MAN WITH THE IRON NECK

Samuel James has been a projection designer for contemporary performance companies for twenty years. His focus is collaborating with independent dancers, making projections for live works, installations and dance films.  He has a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from COFA UNSW on the topic of Digital Animism.  As video artist he has been involved in over 200 performance works with companies such as Performance Space, Urban Theatre Projects, Campbelltown Arts Centre, De Quincey Co, Marrugeku, Stalker Theatre, My Darling Patricia, Erth and Version 1.0.

He has been a long time collaborator with dancers Julie-Anne Long, Narelle Benjamin, Tess de Quincey, Nikki Heywood, Rosie Dennis, Victoria Hunt and Martin del Amo.  Recent major projects include Champions (Sydney Festival 2017), Cut the Sky (Marrugeku, Perth Festival 2015), The Piper (My Darling Patricia, Sydney Festival 2014), GUDIRR GUDIRR (Marrugeku, Dance Massive 2013), My Radio Heart (NORPA and Urban Theatre Projects 2014), Hyperreal Tales of the Shoalhaven (Bundanon Trust 2013-16) and Democratic Set (Back to Back Theatre 2012). Commissions he has received are; Dream Shelving (Campbelltown Arts Centre 2012), Vivaria (Reeldance and Mobile States 2010), Nightshifters (Performance Space 2011) and Amygdala: Fear Conditioning (Artspace 2010).

In 2006 he won the award for Best Dance Film at the Australian Dance Awards (Nun’s Night Out) and has been nominated for a Green Room Award for projection design (Night Garden 2009). He has received five Australia Council New Media and Visual Arts grants for collaborative projects and participated in international residencies in Banff, Reykjavik, Finland, Berlin, Glasgow and Calcutta developing dance video works.

Andrew Batt-Rawden