James Hazel is a composer, researcher, artist and educator working on the unceded Gadigal Land of the Eora Nation. James’ work is led by political and poetic engagement with sound, language, humour, scores, bodies, networks - through the lens of social-class - often in archival, affective, and polemical ways.
James is also interested in what it means to work/live within limited socioeconomic means - as well as the unique intimacies that emerge within (& in spite of) the demands of neo-liberal imaginaries. As a former ‘houso’ (social housing tenant) James is interested in the possibilities of mythologising the underclass...and (re)personalising himself in the process.
James has presented/developed work with/through Performance Space/ Carriageworks; Firstdraft Gallery; Merrigong Theatre Company; City of Sydney; Ensemble Mise-en (New York); Create NSW: Ensemble Offspring; Hatched Academy (Aus); Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Gondwana Choirs; Speak Percussion (Melb); Vivid (Sydney); Scanlines; Maitland Regional Gallery; Lockup Gallery; NYWF; March Dance; and the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy.
James is co-founder of several collaborative/community-oriented projects including ADSR Zine, DANGER/DANCER, and THE OPERA COMPANY.