James Watts

B I O

Working primarily with sound, performance and sculpture, I am interested in the physical energy and exhaustion invested in making sound, particularly in relation to experimental extreme music genres; and the contexts around that. Recent works have involved the restitution of gig environments into gallery spaces and the construction (or repurposing) of instrument bodies that collapse or produce sound on their own terms. I have also been looking into lyrics and how they exist in a performative sense, as well as outside of their original contexts.
Upcoming projects involve work as part of Alexandra Hughes’ Assembly project as well as exploring vinyl degradation. I also plan to further examine notions of exhaustion and repetition and the dismantled gig format, including weighted and self-destructing instruments; and am currently looking at venues in which this could take place.
I also work part-time for Northumbria University, providing assistance with gallery installs and student shows.

E D U C A T I O N A N D E X P E R I E N C E

2017 Baltic 39 Associate Fellowship
2016 Masters of Fine Art, Northumbria University
2012 Graduate Fellowship, Northumbria University
2011 BA(Hons) Contemporary Fine Art, Northumbria University

E X H I B I T I O N S & P E R F O R M A N C E

S E L E C T E D G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S

2016 There Were Islands, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2016 You Know The Rules, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2015 Freddie, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2015 SEMI, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2014 SHORT/SHARP, The Vault, Hexham
2014 Ripe, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
2014 Eulogy, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
2013 Flesh, St Mary’s Chare, Hexham
2013 Hoults Yard Revisited, Unit 42, Hoults Yard, Newcastle
2013 Off Quay Open, Off Quay Art House, Newcastle upon Tyne
2013 Con. Converse. Consider. Confuse, Whistle Art Stop, Haltwhistle
2012 After the Dust Settled, Unit 42, Hoults Yard, Newcastle
2012 Empty Shop Open, Empty Shop HQ, Durham
2011 Northumbria Personnel, Project Space, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2011 Free range, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
2011 Northumbria Degree show, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Disappear Here, Think Tank, Hoults Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne

S E L E C T E D S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S

2013 Colony, Empty Shop, Durham

S E L E C T E D P E R F O R M A N C E S & L I V E A C T I O N S

2017 Diphone, Hexham Abbey Crypt, INHABIT Performance Art Project Week Hexham
2016 RENDER, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2016 Resonate, Baltic 39 and Northumbria University Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2015 Strands, Bamburgh House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2015 Lump Hammer, Gallery North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2015 Dust Might, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2015 SG-3200, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2014 RIFF/T, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2014 Performance as Dolmen Dweller, METANAST, Underland, Manchester
2014 Live vocals for Incantatio performance by Pawel Dudzinski, Star and Shadow
Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
2013 Performance as Dolmen Dweller, SUPERNORMAL: Experimental Arts and Music Festival
Department of Art – Graduate Schemes 2016
2013 Performance as Dolmen Dweller, Culture Lab, Newcastle
2013 Diphone, Northumbria University
2013 Reuse Aloud, Digital Broadcast, Basic.fm and The Newbridge Project,
Newcastle upon Tyne

R E S I D E N C I E S

2017 The Auxiliary, Stockton-on-Tees
2016 In Cahoots, Hoults Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2014 Penthouse HQ, Manchester
2013 – 2014 AA2A Artist in residence, Northumbria University
2013 Experimental Sounding Board Open Lab, University of Brighton

C O N F E R E N C E & PR E S E N T A T I O N R E C O R D

2014 Artists Lecture, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

A C T I V I T I E S A N D A D D I T I O N A L E X P E R I E N C E

2017 onwards: Vocals for Möbius vocal duo
2016 onwards: Vocals for Experimental doom band, Proboscis
2016 onwards: Vocals for Experimental doom band, Lovely Wife
2014 onwards: Vocal section of Colugo duo
2013 onwards: Vocals with heavy, riff-based band, Lump Hammer
2013 onwards: Vocals with extreme metal band, Plague Rider
2013 onwards: Vocals as part of Dolmen Dweller vocal drone project
2010 – 2016: Vocals with extreme metal band, Blind Spite







The Newbridge Project