Join us for the exhibition opening of Adam James' new commission An Extension of Us, a sculptural installation and a site for a series of larps (live action role play) to unfold.
Adam James (b. 1978) is a British artist. At the heart of his practice is a desire to bring people together in order to understand the self and to open up new ways of being and interacting. James makes sculptural objects, drawings, photographs, videos and texts that all arise from his steadfast involvement in the performative practice of live action role play (larp). James' focus is on the experimental style of Nordic larp. This is a particular tradition of larp that is understood as a progressive and creative form of interactive role-play and mode for storytelling. At its basic formation, the participants assume roles and characters within a set fiction—to enact an incredibly diverse range of ideas and subjects—with the goal of creating thematic coherence, immersion and collaboration. Within his practice, James positions the larp as a tool to trigger, on a micro level, future possibilities, new forms of collaborative democracy and the temporary dismantling of hierarchies.
An Extension of Us functions as a repository of objects, a set for action to unfold, the physical manifestation of past live events and an exhibition of its own rite. This multi-faceted environment presents the artist's interest in the potential for an object or a space to be imbued by a live event, as well as a questioning of the adequacy of the exhibition format to represent the absent live act.
Adam James received his BA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton in 2003. In 2007 he completed his MA in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. In 2016/17 he worked with Turner contemporary on the 18-month project Art Inspiring Change and with the Serpentine gallery to produce a larp based resource called 'Here is the Place' to help children deal with transitioning to secondary school. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Kent. He most recently exhibited as part of SMACH, an international arts biennial set in the Italian Dolomites.
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.
Arts | Performing Arts.
Arts | Visual Arts.
Artists / Speakers: Adam James.