James McColl                                      
Born 1990
Lives and works in Plymouth, UK

I’m a multidisciplinary artist. I work with text, moving image and performance. My work has a particular focus on mental health, individual struggle and class. I use repurposed footage and text - my performances are the direct result of these practices. My work is visual. I drop the extraordinary into ordinary settings. I deconstruct imagery and audience experience. How work is seen is as important to my practice as the work itself. I take work out of galleries. I create site-responsive and site-specific work, often creating environments for work to be shown in. Where possible, I show work in unusual spaces and places disrupting the day-to-day. I am one half of First Line Theatre, a live art group producing site-responsive performances.


EXHIBITIONS (SELECT)

2019 Collaborate & Exchange group exhibition @ CRATE, Margate
2019 Going Away.tv @ Wrong Biennale Pavilion, London
2019 51zero Biennial Festival of International Moving Image, Margate
2019 EDRA 50: Sustainable Urban Environments @ Web Archive, NYU Tandon
2019 Monolithic Dome Cap Unit screening @ TOA (Tech Open Air), Berlin
2019 Rung Magazine issue 2 Lunch Party + online @ The Latch, Bristol
2019 .../CC01 (Carbon Copy) @ Tique Art Space group exhibition, Brederodestraat Antwerp
2019 Sustainable Video Art @ NYU Tandon, Brooklyn
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2018 TBC TV @ Somerset House, London
2018 Digital Exhibition @ Rede House, Middlesbrough
2018 Video Art Film Club @ Leyden Gallery, London
2018 Artist Moving Image Screening @  Rame Projects, Cornwall
2018 Rung Magazine issue 1 Lunch Party + online @ Trinity Centre, Bristol
2018 This Is Hardcore @ SXRVXVE (Feeling Gloomy), Brooklyn
2018 BLOCK-CHAIN>SYMPOSIUM @ Winchester School of Art, Winchester
2018 DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival @ Crypt Gallery screening, London
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2017 NET Experimental Video Film Festival, online
2017 VAULT Film Festival screening @ Vault Festival, London
2017 Collide-O-Vision @ Made In Roath Festival, Roath
2017 Scalarama Festival @ Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
2017 Celebrating Aging screening @ PAW’17, Plymouth
2017 VIDEOTCA Home Video, Lecce 
2017 May Day May Day @ Spike Island group exhibition, Bristol
2017 Unseen Zinema #5 @ Espacio B, Buenavista
2017 Print Out Exhibition @ Double Yolk Collective, Newcastle
2017 Together As One group exhibition, Leeds
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2016 All in One ‘A Projected Only Loop Group Show’, Chiari
2016 Equality Festival screening, Ukraine
2016 RETHink Art @ Digital International Festival, Athens
2016 Our Space @ Edwardian Cloakroom exhibition, Bristol
2016 On Display @Unit10 exhibition, Bedminster


RESIDENCIES

2019 CRATE Micro Placement Residency Programme
2018 BLOCK_CHAIN>THE POWER OF TWO block i  online(w Peter Driver)
2016 Basic Space (First Line Theatre), BikeShed Theatre, Exeter
2016 Our Space (First Line Theatre), Edwardian Cloakroom’s, Bristol
2016 On Display @Unit10, Bedminster


EDUCATION

Southampton Solent University, BA (HONS) Film 2008-2011