Samuel James has been a projection designer for contemporary performance companies and independent dancers since 1995. His focus is collaborating with independent dancers, making projections for live works, installations and dance films. As a video artist he has been involved in over 200 performance works with companies such as My Darling Patricia, De Quincey Co, Urban Theatre Projects, Marrugeku, Stalker, Erth, Version 1.0, Performance Space and Campbelltown Arts Centre.
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 The Piper (My Darling Patricia, Sydney Festival 2014); GUDIRR GUDIRR (Marrugeku, Dance Massive 2013); My Radio Heart (NORPA and Urban Theatre Projects 2014); No Time Like Now (Bundanon Trust 2013-15) 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 Glasgow, Calcutta and Berlin developing dance video works.
He completed his Master of Fine Arts (Research) COFA, UNSW on Digital Animism in 2012.