James Hazel is a composer, artist and educator based on the unceded Gadigal land or the Eora Nation. His work draws upon sounds, archives, research, texts, scores, writing, experimental performance, & video. His work is dependent on collaboration, discussion and workshopping processes - emphasising the almost-made or not-really-made.
As someone who grew up in an underclass community, James is also interested in what it means to work/live within limited socioeconomic means; the politics of debt, labour and trauma; and the quantification and erasure of of working-class bodies, identities, and communities. In this capacity, James’ work is rooted in an ethics stemming from a mix of his lived and research experience.
Hazel’s work has been performed/developed through: Performance Space; Carriageworks; Firstdraft Gallery; Merrigong Theatre Company; City of Sydney; Ensemble Mise-en (New York); Create NSW: Ensemble Offspring; Hatched Academy (Aus); Gondwana Choirs; Speak Percussion (Melb); Scanlines; Maitland Regional Gallery; Lockup Gallery; NYWF; March Dance; and the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy.