Adam James work grows out of real life encounters. He appropriates these and migrates them through a process of deconstruction, before re-staging them as live art and film. Working across the mediums of video, sculpture and performance he brings to life a series of characters, rituals and events which look at the place of the body, habit, costume and masquerade in contemporary society. His work is influenced by ethnographic and anthropological studies from which he produces complex performances, which generate elaborate artefacts and documentation. He is fascinated by unique appearances or sets of behavioural qualities that define a group or individual as being the ostensible ‘outsider’. This has led him to develop and explore various roleplay, improvisation and gamification tools which allow for stepping out of ‘oneself’ and into the ‘other’.