video artist/ projection designer/ performance filmmaker
LIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME
A second music video for Ensemble Offspring's Offspring Biteswith Bree Van Reyk. This piece attempts to depict the pre-cognitive state of a child in utero, seeing “light for the first time”. The stages of being before self-reflexivity, perceiving colours and movement as a unified (non-Cartesian) experience, perhaps ultimately phenomenological without distinction of one's own body from the stimuli, pure, sensory immersion. I worked on developing stages of cognition after the very first optical receptions, proposing that once we see, we then start to perceive, and sense becomes ‘feeling’. Made only with a Leica M digital camera, physical lens distortions and real time movement. I have known Bree from Synergy Percussion (Earth Cryand40 under 40) as a down to earth collaborator and composer. This is probably the most subtle and sensitive piece I have made, thanks to Bree.
Samuel James has been a projection designer for contemporary performance companies and independent dancers for twenty five years. He has collaborated on more than 250 performances, ranging from works premiering in the major Australian Festivals to developments with experimental, independent companies such as Too Close to the Sun, My Darling Patricia, De Quincey Company and Theatre Kantanka. He has received Australia Council New Media and Visual Arts grants for his independent work and participated in international residencies in Reykjavik, Finland, The Banff Centre, Glasgow, Calcutta and Berlin developing and presenting performative video works. In 2006 he won Best Dance Film at the Australian Dance Awards for a project with dancer Julie-Anne Long. Large scale exhibitions include: Amygdala - Fear Conditioning Artspace, Sydney 2010, Nightshifters Performance Space 2010, Artifact Cartoons at The Tanks Arts Centre Cairns 2013 and Dream Shelving at Campbelltown Arts Centre 2011. He completed an MFA Research at COFA UNSW on Digital Animism in 2012.