James Verdon is a visual artist whose practice spans video installation, moving image for theatre and performance, broadcast television, and experimental film. He lectures at the Swinburne School of Film and Television in Melbourne and is also a Visiting Research Professor at New York University (NYU). James holds a MA in Media Arts from RMIT University and is currently completing a PhD thesis in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences at Swinburne University that investigates the relationship between filmic and other realities.
Recent moving image projects include visual effects work for Lynette Wallworth’s Evolution of Fearlessness, and moving images and set design for Voicing Emily, a lieder-opera at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. He has exhibited moving image work at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Museum at Carlton Gardens, Australian Centre of Photography (ACP) Sydney, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) Melbourne, Bendigo Art Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, Goethe Institute Berlin, the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Siam Discovery Centre Bangkok, Bangkok International Film Festival, and public screens in Leicester Square London.
James’ work takes a materialist approach to the increasingly evasive matter of electronic moving images. His practice explores new forms and expressions of materiality within correspondingly new technologies of the moving image. His linear moving image work explores visual aesthetics specific to video and film especially as mediated by different imaging technologies. His interactive screen work additionally seeks to articulate the ways in which spectators acknowledge the materiality of moving images even when embedded within narrative forms, and invites visitors to reflect on the insular essentialism of moving images.